Aaron K. Owada
|Aaron K. Owada|
|North Thurston School Board, District 3|
|Years in position||18|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||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.
Owada sought a fifth term on the board without opposition on November 5, 2013.
|North Thurston School Board, Four-year term, District 3, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Aaron K. Owada||100%||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.
Owada won re-election to the District 3 seat without opposition on November 3, 2009.
|North Thurston School Board, District 3, November 3, 2009|
|Source: Thurston County Auditor|
Owada provided the following statement for the 2013 Local Voters' Pamphlet in Thurston County:
"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
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%.
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. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
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- North Thurston Public Schools, "Aaron Owada," accessed September 25, 2013
- AMS Law, "About Us," accessed September 25, 2013
- Washington Public Disclosure Commission, "Local Candidates," accessed December 17, 2013
- Thurston County Auditor, "Local Voters' Pamphlet," accessed September 25, 2013
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Lacey," accessed September 25, 2013
- Thurston County Auditor, "Election Information and History," accessed September 25, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014