Agda Burchard

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Agda Burchard
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Kent School Board, District 4
Term ends
November 2017
Years in position 2
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
AppointedJune 2012
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of California-Davis
Master'sPacific Oaks College Northwest
ProfessionProgram specialist
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Agda Burchard currently represents District 4 on the Kent School Board in Washington. She was appointed in June 2012 to the District 4 seat. Burchard won election without opposition in the November 5, 2013 general election.


Burchard received a B.A. in Sociology from the University of California-Davis. She later earned a M.A. in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College Northwest. Burchard worked for 18 years as the Executive Director of the Washington Association for the Education of Young Children. She currently works as a program specialist with the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Child Care.[1][2]



See also: Kent School District elections (2013)


Burchard sought election to her first full term on the board without opposition on November 5, 2013.

Election results

Kent School Board, General, District 4, Four-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAgda Burchard 98.9% 21,326
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 1.1% 233
Total Votes 21,559
Source: King County Elections, "Results," November 25, 2013


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


Burchard received the following endorsements during the 2013 campaign:[4]

  • Kent Education Association
  • State Senator Joe Fain
  • Dennis Higgins, Kent City Council President
  • Debbie Straus, Kent School Board President
  • Karen DeBruler, Kent School Board Vice President
  • Tim Clark, Kent School Board Director

Campaign themes


Burchard provided the following statement for the 2013 Local Voters' Pamphlet in King County:[5]

"As a parent in the Kent School District, I understand we want the best education available for our children. ALL students deserve safe welcoming schools, relevant coursework, academic rigor, nurturing relationships, and opportunities in the arts and sports.

As a current school board director, I am committed to our vision of successfully preparing ALL students for their futures. By focusing on our students and being innovative and fiscally responsible we can achieve this vision. We must continue to attract and retain quality staff reflecting the diversity of our community. Increasing the district’s communication and transparency is critical. Strengthening community and business partnerships that promote student achievement is essential. These strategies will help our students to graduate ready for successes in college, career and community life.

Living, working and volunteering in Kent for 20 years, I know how to work collaboratively with others so that children thrive in school and life. In addition to being a PTA leader, I’ve directed an early childhood non-profit organization and am a Girl Scout troop leader. I look forward to continuing to serve you as a school board director. Thank you for your vote."

What was at stake?

Burchard ran unopposed for the District 4 seat. She was appointed to the office in 2012 and sought her first full term in office. Bruce Elliott and Maya Vengadasalam sought the District 5 seat held by Tim Clark. Clark did not file for re-election because he ran, unsuccessfully, for Mayor of Kent.[6]

About the district

See also: Kent School District, Washington
Kent School District is located in King County, Washington
Kent School District is located in the City of Kent in King County, Washington. The population of Kent was 118,588 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[7]


Kent lagged behind state averages for higher education achievement and median income while lagging behind in poverty levels. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (25.3%) fell below the state average (31.4%). The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Kent's median income at $58,622 while the state median income was $58,890. Kent had a poverty rate of 15.6% in the 2010 U.S. Census while the state rate was 12.5%.[7]

Racial Demographics, 2012[7]
Race Kent (%) Washington (%)
White 55.5 77.3
Black or African American 11.3 3.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.0 1.5
Asian 15.2 7.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 1.9 0.6
Two or More Races 6.5 4.7
Hispanic or Latino 16.6 11.2

Presidential Voting Pattern[8]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 68.7 28.3
2008 70.0 28.0
2004 65.0 33.7
2000 60.0 34.4

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.[9]

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