A Seattle Times editorial blasts Madrona’s Washington State House Representative Sharon Tomiko Santos (Democrat) while praising Madrona’s State House Representative Eric Pettigrew (Democrat) for their stances on how to fix the state’s school system. The Seattle Times editorial said Santos along with her counterpart in the State Senate blocked even a vote on educational reform involving both teacher evaluations and charter schools.
The Seattle Times praised Pettigrew who recently spoke about his struggles at school while growing up in South Central Los Angeles. Pettigrew wrote a bill to add limited charter schools to the state, but his counterpart Santos would not allow a vote on his bill.
If you have an opinion on this matter, you can click on the links above to either Santos’ or Pettigrew’s bios. Once on either of their bios you can click “email” and after adding your address you can contact your Madrona Representative. If you check the box on your email then it will go to all three of your State Representatives.
Santos and Pettigrew not only represent the Seattle neighborhood of Madrona, but Denny Blaine, the Central District, Leschi, Mount Baker, Seward Park, and most of southeast Seattle.
State Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos, who represents the 37th district which includes Seattle’s Madrona neighborhood, plead guilty to a negligent-driving charge that came from a drinking and driving arrest last summer. Long story short, she was pulled over because she was drifting between lanes, the officer smelled liquor, and gave her a breathalyzer test. Santos initially only blew a .077 which is under the .08 limit, but was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving. Santos was tested again at the station and there was an issue whether she was blowing hard enough. After given several chances to blow harder, the police determined that she refused the test which is disputed by Rep. Santos.
The arrest went unnoticed for months and did not come up during elections, but it probably did not change any results since she ran unopposed and thus was obviously easily re-elected by Madrona and the surrounding area. She has been a Representative since 1998.