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COVID, sex ed define Washington state superintendent race

Maia Espinoza is challenging incumbent state superintendent Chris Reykdal in the November election.

SEATTLE — The coronavirus pandemic and a controversial sex ed mandate is casting a shadow over the race for Washington state education chief in the November election. 

Incumbent state superintendent Chris Reykdal says his longtime experience as an educator and state legislator is a steadying force needed to help the state’s nearly 300 public school districts navigate the public health crisis that’s prompted most schools to go remote. 

Challenger Maia Espinoza, who runs a Latino leadership group and has served on the state education department’s Race and Ethnicity Student Data task force, suggests loosening reopening recommendations and is pushing school vouchers.