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Three say they will run again

Three incumbents, two who are members of the City Council and one so far for the School Board, have announced their intentions to seek re-election to their posts. Mike Cero and Bruce Bassett of the City Council, and Pat Braman of the School Board, have all announced they are running again.

Two other City Council incumbents, El Jahncke and the newest member, Jane Meyer Brahm, are also up for re-election this fall. Janet Frohnmayer’s term on the Mercer Island School Board also ends in November.

Mike Cero told friends in a holiday card last December that he wishes to continue his work on the City Council. Cero, who holds Position 3, has served as Council liaison to the Senior Commission, Suburban Cities Association and Firefighters/Policeman Disability Board. He is on the Youth and Family Services Advisory Board, Parks and Recreation sub-committee, and on regional committees that include homelessness, public safety, flood control and the Renton Airport.

Cero, 48, a veteran of both Iraq military conflicts, is a Westpoint graduate. He has a list of endorsements and has already filed a C1 on campaign contributions with the Public Disclosure Commission. He has $19,000 in his campaign account. He says the challenges going forward are identifying and improving issues that involve our seniors, our children and the community.

“Serving on the Council is a wonderful privilege, he said.”

Bruce Bassett, elected to Position 5 in 2007 at the same time as Cero, also says there is more he hopes to do as a City Council member.

Bassett, 50, has a pair of degrees in engineering, worked at Intel, Raychem and formed his own company, Virtual Research Systems, Inc. He has been ‘retired’ since 2001 and spends his days as a community and school volunteer. He plays soccer. He and his wife, Nannette, have two children at Mercer Island schools.

During his time on the Council, Bassett has been a Council liaison to the city’s Utility Board, Arts Commission and Design Commission, and has represented the city’s interests with the Eastside Transportation Partners, the Suburban City Association, and projects with the Mercer Island School District.

He has long been interested in environmental issues, championing parks and open space and ideas such as the joint schools-city concept of getting kids to walk to school, called the “Healthy Ways to School.”

Pat Braman has also announced her candidacy for a third term for a seat on the Mercer Island School District Board of Directors.

Braman is a retired English teacher and department head who taught at Mercer Island High School for  26 years.

Within her last two four-year terms, Braman has been president of the board twice and has been the Legislative liaison, as well as a member of joint city-schools committees working on projects as diverse as the Boys & Girls Club’s PEAK project, parking and traffic issues in the neighborhood around the high school, Mary Wayte Pool and other interests.

She said she is particularly proud of the work the board has done to form the district’s future goals for learning. Called the “2020 Vision,” the plan sets out the parameters for student learning to allow them to thrive in the new world evolving rapidly around them.

Braman’s community work includes the Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce, a board member of the city’s Youth and Family Services Board, and leader in the Congregational Church on the Island. As a teacher, Braman was the president of the teacher’s union and the chair of the English  department. She was named a Mercer Island Citizen of the Year in 1997.

She praises the community for its long support of public education on the Island, in particular its financial support of schools during the state’s budget crises.

“All contribute to provide a first-class education for our students at a time when state support of schools is declining,” she said.

“Because of my experience and knowledge [as an Islander and a teacher in the schools], I feel I represent the view of those who have lived on the Island for many years, in addition to families with children in the schools, and the greater community as well. I want our community to continue to be a great place to learn and live.”

Islander Rand Ginn is to be Braman’s campaign treasurer.

Election filing dates

To run for election this year, candidates may file beginning June 6 at 8:30 a.m. Filing closes on June 10 at 4:30 p.m.

Filings can also be done by mail from May 20 through June 10. Filings by mail must be received by the filing officer no earlier than 10 days before the first day of filing.

Visit www.kingcounty.gov/elections.aspx to learn more.

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