Fatboy8 runs for school board


So it’s official. I thought I would be withdrawing to support another candidate that I align with but it turns out she’s withdrawing to support me so here I am.

State of the race -

Me - Pretty charismatic, easily talkative, thick skin from 20 years of dealing poker to people throwing cards and screaming at me. Former project manager with a skill set in bringing people with diverse interests together to complete a goal. Willing to work with diverse groups on the common goal of educating our children. Really wish politics wasn’t a part of the school board but this is the way it is

GH - unknown quantity, but very likely aligned with me. Very little web presence but we have some mutual friends and the friends say he isn’t real serious about running

JTB - late filer. Very likely aligned with me. Works at Evergreen State College to assist disabled students. Disabled herself and she may have disabled children in the district

CC - she’s the one dropping to support me. We’re pretty aligned, but her kids are in an alternative program (a public montesorri) in the district and we think that’s a negative as there’s 2 other parents on our 5 person board that have kids in alt programs. We have big budget cut issues and we think that having a possible 60% of the board with kids in alt programs might make the public think those decisions cutting programs have a thumb on the scales to not look at the alt programs without bias

FD - he’s the opponent for all of us, really. Supported by the local right wing nutjobs. He’s for equity, but only when it includes everyone. There’s a very vocal, small group of crazies that take over all of the board meetings and city council meetings, and they will all support him. He’ll likely fight to get any pronoun stuff and any books that might have any tangent related to gay banned and things like that

So, that’s the state of things. I think there may be a backlash against the current incumbent school board. They’ve had issues being open and transperent with the public, and one of them had this to say when they had to cut fourth grade strings due to budget issues:

Clifthorne compared white supremacy to the way the music courses taught. He claimed that while music courses were beneficial, the way they were offered results in some students missing classes.
‘There’s nothing about strings or wind instrumental music that is intrinsically White supremacist,’ Clifthorne said.
'However, the ways in which it is and the ways in which all of our institutions, not just schools — local government, state government, churches or neighborhoods — inculcate and allow White supremacy culture to continue to be propagated and cause significant institutional violence are things that we have to think about carefully as a community.
‘And I think that we have to do that interrogation. And we have to address the ways in which it creates challenges for administering the educational day for our elementary learners while we retain the program.’

The whole story is here, and it’s the daily mail so it’s not written well, but his quote is real. My wife is the equity officer for a state agency so I’m close to this stuff and even both my wife and I couldn’t figure out what Scott was trying to say here. We couldn’t follow his thread on this one. I think he really could have just said “We have a lot of bad options and cutting 4th grade strings is one the least bad.” and been done with it.

Here’s the whole story if you want to read:

So, I think that’s enough for a background.

I think I have my campaign slogan worked out -

No Politics. No Culture Wars. Just Education.

And my campaign statement for the voter pamphlet that I still need to edit down to fit it in the 200 word limit:

I am Matthew , and I am excited to announce my candidacy for the position of Olympia School Board Director, District 2. With a background in project management and the ability to bring diverse interests together, I believe I can make a positive impact on the Olympia School District.

“No Politics. No Culture Wars. Just Education.”

If elected, I will prioritize the following key areas:

  1. Student-Centered Approach: I will advocate for policies that prioritize the well-being and success of our students. I will address achievement gaps, cater to diverse learning needs, and ensure equal opportunities for all.
  2. Collaboration and Partnerships: I will foster open communication and collaboration between schools, parents, teachers, and the community. Together, we can shape the future of our schools and create a supportive learning environment.
  3. Responsible Resource Allocation: I will ensure efficient allocation of resources, with a focus on initiatives that directly benefit students. Transparency and accountability will guide my decision-making process.
  4. Equity and Inclusion: I am committed to promoting equity within the Olympia School District. I will advocate for policies that create an inclusive learning environment, where all students feel valued and supported.
  5. Future-Oriented Education: I will work to integrate technology, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills into the curriculum, preparing our students for the future.

With your support, we can create a brighter future for our students. Together, let’s focus on education without politics or culture wars. I kindly ask for your vote as we embark on this journey together.

Thank you for your consideration.


Not much to add, just wanna say I think it’s really great you’re doing this, and I’m looking forward to following along!

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Is everybody running for one seat? I only ask because in my local elections there are usually multiple seats open each election.

And if the answer to that is yes, I wonder what can be done to get everyone to unite behind you so you don’t split the non-awful vote. Sounds like beating Frank Durocher should be the priority over any specific one of you getting elected.

You look like a completely different person in 3-4 compared to 1-2.

There’s 5 ‘districts’ and each has it’s own seat. Those are the candidates for district 2, which is where I live.

I need to confirm this as I have conflicting information, but I think the primary is specific to my district to get us down to 2 candidates for district 2.

Then, I know this for sure, the actual general election is district wide for all of the districts. So even though I represent district 2, the entire city will be voting on me for that seat, as well as the other candidates for their specific district seat.

So, in short, I have 3 opponents for this seat - the other districts aren’t as contested with only 2 or 3 total candidates for those.

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Think i was at my fattest at 3 and 4. 3 and 4 were also a couple of years newer than 1 and 2.

I think I’m back to my fighting weight of the 1 and 2 photos.

I may get some updated photos this week if I can swing it. The vote pamphlet stuff has to be in by this next Friday so I’m racing against the clock.

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Good luck!

Maybe this is a dumb idea - but my sense is that people aren’t happy at with school boards (mostly cause it’s easy to complain and running schools is hard), but also aren’t happy with the parents going too far. I might suggest something like this for number 2 for the second sentence. I might even try to highlight this more as it really ties in with your slogan.

All parents should have a role in shaping the future of our schools, not just the loudest and angriest. (Angriest might be too strong).

Thanks! I think that’s a good suggestion. And yeah, likely drop the angriest part.

It also ties into my other plan of having monthly dialogue sessions outside of the board meetings to talk with parents and have an actual conversation. So something like -

All parents should have a voice in shaping the future of our schools, not just the loudest or those with the free time to attend every board meeting. I will make sure I’m available to chat on your schedule, including holding monthly dialogue sessions outside of regular school board meetings where we can have an open conversation about your concerns.

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Also, I should probably note that the campaign slogan is mine, but the campaign statement I had chatGPT write and edit for me.

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I like this one.

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FWIW, I’d dogwhistle progressivism a little louder. In my city, the “no politics in schools” candidate was more-or-less a neo-nazi, and when he said he wanted politics out of schools he meant stuff like respecting pronouns.

fat boyee

This seems like a good point. Maybe in point one something explicit about respecting students choices about their personal lives (or some way to get to as close as possible to saying they can choose their pronouns, etc.).

Could also include a note about being against book banning (doesn’t matter if your opponent doesn’t actually support book banning).

I like what you’re doing and have no issues there. Just wanna state out loud what I’m thinking which is I’d be concerned about harassment / doxxing issues putting this much searchable and identifiable info in a public forum. My favorite headshot would be the style of 1/2 with smile of 3.

I’m going to delete a few things out if this thread in a bit to make it less easy to search

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Slogan is great, statement is less so. If you have no serious opposition to your left, your target demo is basically apolitical parents who think Mitt Romney is a good guy. Ditch all the NGO-speak and talk like them:

I’m running because it seems like every year our taxes are going up, but every year, our kids are getting less. I’m tired of seeing teachers take up a collection every year to buy dry erase markers. I’m tired of worrying about whether my daughter’s favorite elective is going to get cut next year. But whenever I go to a school board meeting to try and figure out what’s going on, the only thing people want to talk about is their favorite kooky theory about how strings class is racist or the school librarian is trying to turn your kid gay.

Enough is enough. It’s time to get serious. This job is about the kids, not the grown-ups. Right now, we’re failing them, but with your support, we can get the focus back where it belongs.


You could have a bit of fun making the names and locations fake.

Props to you! I often wonder who the hell would willingly want to run for school board in current day America, but my wondering is mostly because there’s no way in hell I’d have the fortitude or drive to do that. Wishing you the best and hope you crush the right wing nut job!

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Well, my motivation for running is more of a defensive measure to try to keep the board from being overtaken by crazy people.

If I was certain that normal people would be running, I’d probably step aside.

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This is good and I’m going to seriously consider it, thanks.