Whittier parent to run for School Board

WHITTIER — The latest candidate to announce his intention to run for a School Board seat this fall is Whittier resident and city employee Darrell Washington.


Washington works as the manager of Real Estate Development Services, a unit within the city’s Department of Community Planning and Economic Development. He has three children, including a fifth-grade student at Whittier International Elementary School.


Washington said he was running “to bring the perspective of a current parent” to the School Board. He plans to seek the DFL endorsement.


Washington plans to seek the District 4 seat, one of three new district seats coming open for the first time this fall. District 4 includes all of Southwest north of Lake Street, as well as parts of East Harriet, Downtown and the Harrison neighborhood just north of Bryn Mawr.


Washington said he would like the district to be “more consistent in its actions,” noting there was a “general feeling” among observers that the district lurched from one major initiative to another. He also emphasized the importance of expanding early childhood education.


He said, if elected, he would use the position emphasize the important role parents play in their students’ education.


“I want to tell parents, ‘Read to your children,’” he said.