Council and School Board candidates

A final look at Mercer Island candidates up for election Nov. 6

Steve Litzow

City Council Position 1

Age: 45

Occupation: Vice President of Marketing for ShareBuilder Corporation, an online brokerage company.

Education: Northwestern University — B.S.

Public service: Four years on City Council, Rotary and Chamber of Commerce member, St. Monica’s Parish Council, Y- Guides & Princesses Program.

Mike Cero

City Council Position 3

Age: 44

Occupation: former PACCAR manager, Army engineer and Iraq War veteran.

Education: West Point Military Academy — B.S. civil engineering.

Seattle University —M.B.A. accounting.

Public service: Former PTA president, serves on school district class size committee, Mercer Island VFW commander and vice commander, Boys & Girls Club coach and U.S. Army Ranger.

Maureen Judge

City Council Position 3

Age: 44

Occupation: Self-employed consultant. Former and RealNetworks product developer. Education: Boston University — B.A. in political science, English.

Public service: MIYFS board member, Girl Scout leader, Children’s Foundation board member and chair of fundraising committee.

Patti Darling

City Council Position 5

Age: 72

Occupation: R.N. critical care, planning.

Education: Lima Memorial Hospital School of Nursing — R.N.

City University — B.S.A.

Public service: Rotary member, board of directors for Mercer Island Senior Foundation, board of Medicare Region X, Altar guild at Emmanuel Episcopal Church.

Bruce Bassett

City Council Position 5

Age: 46

Occupation: former Raychem engineer and founder/CEO of tech business.


U. of Michigan — B.S. science/engineering.

Dartmouth College — B.A. engineering.

Public service: Youth soccer, open space conservancy board, YMCA, school district Key Communicator council.

El Jahncke

City Council Position 7

Age: 64

Occupation: President of Washington Capital Management, an investment management company.

Education: Stanford University —B.A.

Columbia University — M.B.A.

Public service: Four years on City Council. School Board member from 1993 to 1997. U.S. Navy, two tours of duty with the Navy Seals in Vietnam and was in charge of the Navy’s swimmers for the Apollo 12 and 13 recoveries.

Lisa Strauch Eggers

School Board Position 3

Age: 50

Occupation: Corporate attorney.

Education: Johns Hopkins University. Georgetown University Law Center.

Public service: Four years on the School Board, including one year as Vice President and another as President. Editorial board of the Jewish Transcript, Jewish Federation.

Pat Braman

School Board Position 1

Age: 67

Occupation: Former Mercer Island High School English teacher and chaired the school’s English and Humanities departments.

Education: Washington State University — B.A. in journalism.

Public service: Four years on School Board, serving as president, vice president and legislative liaison. Washington State School Director Association program committee, Mercer Island Congregational Church, former president of the MI Chamber of Commerce, Citizen of the Year in 1997.

Janet Frohnmayer

School Board Position 5

Age: 48

Occupation: Management consulting Bain and Company.

Education: Stanford University — B.S. human biology. M.B.A. — Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

Public service: Serves on the Key Communicators Advisory Board, PTA council, Parent Education committee, and a co-founder of the K-5 Parent Peer Group program.

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