Aaron K. Owada

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Aaron K. Owada
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North Thurston School Board, District 3
Term ends
November 2017
Years in position 18
Board President
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Office website
Aaron K. Owada currently represents District 3 on the North Thurston School Board in Washington. He was first elected to the board in 1997. Owada won re-election without opposition on November 5, 2013.


Owada served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Washington Department of Justice for 17 years before founding his law practice in 2006. He and his wife have two children who have graduated from district schools.[1][2]



See also: North Thurston Public Schools elections (2013)


Owada sought a fifth term on the board without opposition on November 5, 2013.


North Thurston School Board, Four-year term, District 3, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAaron K. Owada 100% 15,690
Total Votes 15,690
Source: Thurston County Auditor, "November 5, 2013 General Election," November 26, 2013


Owada reported no contributions or expenditures to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission.[3]


Owada won re-election to the District 3 seat without opposition on November 3, 2009.

North Thurston School Board, District 3, November 3, 2009
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAaron Owada 100% 16,843
Total Votes 16,843
Source: Thurston County Auditor

Campaign themes


Owada provided the following statement for the 2013 Local Voters' Pamphlet in Thurston County:[4]

"It has been an honor for me to serve as a school board member for the past 16 years. Through the hard work of dedicated teachers, staff and administrators at North Thurston Public Schools, we have aligned our curriculum and focused our attention on academic rigor. As a result, our test results, especially for math and science at the middle school level, have improved significantly, and our students and teachers have received state and national awards. SAT participation has increased and scores have increased by 67 points. Public education is the cornerstone of our democracy, and the foundation to allow each of our student's dreams become reality. It is a wise investment for our community."

Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.

What's at stake?

Incumbents Owada and Chuck Namit won re-election without opposition to the District 2 and 3 seats on November 5, 2013.

About the district

See also: North Thurston Public Schools, Washington
North Thurston Public Schools is located in Thurston County, Washington
North Thurston Public Schools is located in the City of Lacey in Thurston County, Washington. The population of Lacey was 42,393 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[5]


Olympia lags behind the state average for higher education achievement but outperforms median income and poverty rates. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (30.8%) is lower than the state average (31.4%). The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Lacey's median income at $59,572 while the state median income was $58,890. Olympia had a poverty rate of 10.1% in the 2010 U.S. Census while the state rate was 12.5%.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2012[5]
Race Lacey (%) Washington (%)
White 74.2 77.3
Black or African American 5.4 3.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.2 1.5
Asian 8.0 7.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 1.7 0.6
Two or More Races 7.0 4.7
Hispanic or Latino 9.2 11.2

Presidential Voting Pattern[6]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 58.3 38.8
2008 59.9 38.2
2004 55.6 42.6
2000 51.8 41

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[7] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

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