Puyallup School District

Director Pos. 1

One candidate running for this position responded to our questionnaire:
Nathaniel Downes Primaried Out

Three candidates did not respond to our questionnaire:
Sheila Wynn Primaried Out
Maddie Names
Mike Leuzzi

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Sanctuary Status

Do you support Sanctuary Status for the area you would represent? Please explain.

Nathaniel Downes

Yes

Yes. As a member of the school board, the scope of my position is to ensure that all students can feel safe while they learn.

PCYD & WA Democrats Resolutions

What resolutions from PCYDs or the WA Democrat State Party do you align with?
(PCYD: Decline to Sign I-1552, Petition: Tacoma City Council: Protect Undocumented Immigrants #HereToStay)

Nathaniel Downes

Decline to Sign I-1552 I have already been promoting. I support #HereToStay, the $15 minimum wage (actually feel it should be higher), I support equal rights regardless of race, creed, color, religious belief, marital status, sexual orientation, or gender.

Goals & Needs of Constituency

If you could achieve three accomplishments in your coming term, what would they be?

Nathaniel Downes

To transition our school district from $120 textbooks to $70 ebook readers
to eliminate rote-based homework in favor of interactive with instant feedback
to give our students more of a say in school policies.

What are the top five needs of your constituency?

Nathaniel Downes

To restructure our financials to come into compliance with the state supreme court ruling.
To prevent more lawsuits over student rights.
More schools to better serve the region.
To maintain our academic standards
To offer greater access to the school board, including recording the meetings for parents to be able to watch at a later time.

Connecting with Young People

How do you plan to involve the voices and needs of young people?

Nathaniel Downes

Students need to be shown early that the school administration, all the way up to the board, is open and accessible to them. That means expanding social media access, opening up communication channels, even a newsletter for them to read and give feedback on would be a huge step forward for our board.

Police-Minority Relations

Do you have any plans for improving police-minority relations? Please explain your response.

Nathaniel Downes

No

No. This falls out of my area to influence beyond that of any other concerned citizen. Ultimately, the issue here is one of relation, as in the police do not relate to the people that they are there to protect. Every community has unique challenges, and no outsider, no matter how well intended, can grasp those. The first key to relating is to gain access, and trust, of those who live in these communities. In the old days, there would be watchmen, people from a community who would serve as first alert volunteers in case of trouble, who worked under a police officer (this is precisely why the police are called Officers in old English). This model, adapted to the modern age, would do wonders for police-minority relations I do believe, and am supported by those communities which do use such a system.

Homelessness

How will you advocate for the homeless population? Including in regards to city camp sweeps and voting rights?

Nathaniel Downes

While this falls outside of my nominal duties, I can encourage schools to run campaigns to help support the homeless, such as packing backpacks for them.

Net Neutrality & Internet Privacy

Would you advocate for Net Neutrality on a Federal Level? Please explain your response.
Note: There was an error when creating the questionnaire that originally required a 2250 character response. Any additional characters candidates added as filler only have been removed.

Nathaniel Downes

Yes

Yes. Unless every packet is equal, the very function of the internet is compromised. Tracking and logging priority packets, restricting prohibited packets, adds overhead which in turn reduces service capability while increasing costs. It also eliminates the redundant failover capability which makes the internet such a powerful tool to begin with.

How would you protect people in your area from having their info sold through ISP?

Nathaniel Downes

Require that any ISP for public schools be prohibited from selling such information, and stop doing business with any which do.

Incumbency, PCYD's Involved & Campaign Consultants

Are you an incumbent to this position?

Nathaniel Downes

No

Do you have any staff from PCYDs currently working or volunteering for you? If so, what are their names?

Nathaniel Downes

No

No.

What consultants for this current campaign have you worked/collaborated with?

Nathaniel Downes

I’ve consulted with a kitchen cabinet, informal advise from people such as Amy Pivetta Hoffman, Anita Latch, and Patti Dailey.