His official announcement:
Charlie Mas files for School Board Race
Charlie Mas, longtime Seattle school district activist, filed as a candidate for
Seattle Public Schools Board Director from southeast Seattle on Monday, June 1. The
Board seat is now held by Cheryl Chow, who has announced that she will not be
running for re-election.
“I’m running for the Board because I want to do the work,” said Mr. Mas. “The
Board’s duties of making policy, overseeing the management of the District,
providing accountability and representing the public aren’t getting done. If the
voters let me, I’ll do the job.”
A candidate for this position in 2001, Mr. Mas has remained active and involved. He
is a member of the Superintendent’s School-Family Partnerships Advisory Committee
and a Golden Acorn award winner. He is also an active contributor to the Seattle
Public Schools Community Blog. He is well-respected for his knowledge and analysis
of District issues and has, at times, been an outspoken critic of District
“I want the District to walk the talk. Standing up for accountability and community
engagement are positive and supportive of the direction the District is trying to
take” he said.
Mr. Mas is father of two students in Seattle Public Schools. Married since 1982,
Charlie and Levecke Mas have lived in southeast Seattle on Beacon Hill for seventeen
years. Charlie works as an investment advisor.