Battle Ground School District elections (2013)

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2013 Battle Ground School District Elections

General Election date:
November 5, 2013
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
Elections
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
References
See also
Washington
Battle Ground School District
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Three seats were up for election on the Battle Ground School Board on November 5, 2013. Seats in District 1, 3 and 5 were on the ballot. Monty Anderson and Stephanie McClintock ran unopposed and won seats in Districts 1 and 5 while Jim Pegoraro defeated Mitchell Taylor for the District 3 seat.

Major issues facing the board include a state investigation of a buyout agreement with a former superintendent and concerns about long-term district funding.

About the district

See also: Battle Ground School District, Washington
Battle Ground School District is located in Clark County, Washington
The district is spread across five communities in Clark County including Amboy, Battle Ground, Brush Prairie, Orchards and Yacolt. Clark County is situated along the Columbia River in southwestern Washington, about 25 miles north of Portland, Oregon. Battle Ground's population was 17,671 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[1]

Demographics

Battle Ground outperforms the rest of Washington based on median income and poverty levels while lagging behind the state average for higher education achievement. The 2010 U.S. Census found the median income in Battle Ground was $59,723 while the state median income was $58,890. The city's poverty rate was 11% compared to the state's 12.5% poverty rate. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (16.6%) was lower than the state average (31.4%).[1]

Racial Demographics, 2012[1]
Race Battle Ground (%) Washington (%)
White 90.5 77.3
Black or African American 0.8 3.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.8 1.5
Asian 1.9 7.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.3 0.6
Two or More Races 3.5 4.7
Hispanic or Latino 6.5 11.2

Presidential Voting Pattern[2]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 57.1 42.1
2008 51.9 46.8
2004 46.7 52.0
2000 45.6 49.6


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.[3]

Method of board member selection

The Battle Ground School Board consists of five members elected in geographic districts to four-year terms. There was no primary election in 2013 because there were two or fewer candidates for each open seat. The general election took place November 5, 2013. Seats in District 1, 3 and 5 were on the ballot on November 5, 2013 while District 2 and 4 will be up for election on November 3, 2015.

Elections in Washington require candidates to pay filing fees equal to 1% of a position's annual salary. Board members in Battle Ground can be reimbursed up to $4,800 for district activities but do not receive salaries, which eliminates the filing fee. Candidates were required to file nominating petitions by May 17, 2013 to qualify for the November ballot. Each candidate could also submit a photo and statement of 100 words or less by May 23, 2013 for the county's local voter pamphlet.[4]


Elections

2013

Candidates

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Results

Battle Ground School Board, Four-year term, District 1, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMonty Anderson Incumbent 100% 9,354
Total Votes 9,354
Source: Clark County Auditor's Office, "November 5, 2013 General Election," November 26, 2013


Battle Ground School Board, Four-year term, District 3, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJim Pegoraro 52.4% 5,943
     Nonpartisan Mitchell Taylor 47.6% 5,402
Total Votes 11,345
Source: Clark County Auditor's Office, "November 5, 2013 General Election," November 26, 2013


Battle Ground School Board, Four-year term, District 5, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngStephanie McClintock 100% 9,644
Total Votes 9,644
Source: Clark County Auditor's Office, "November 5, 2013 General Election," November 26, 2013

Campaign finance

No contributions or expenditures were reported during the election, according to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission.[5]

Past elections

2011

Battle Ground School Board, District 2, November 8, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKen Root 55.4% 7,902
     Nonpartisan Amy Wheaton 44.6% 6,349
Total Votes 14,251
Source: Clark County Auditor's Office


Battle Ground School Board, District 4, November 8, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMavis Nickels 65.2% 9,198
     Nonpartisan Chris Webber 34.8% 4,906
Total Votes 14,104
Source: Clark County Auditor's Office

What was at stake?

Incumbent Monty Anderson ran for re-election in District 1. Districts 3 and 5 have new board members as current members John Idsinga and Steve Pagel did not file for re-election. In District 3, newcomers Mitchell Taylor and Jim Pegoraro sought election to the board. Anderson and District 5 candidate Stephanie McClintock did not face opposition on the general election ballot.

Issues

Battle Ground School Board members will deal with ongoing concerns about funding as well as a state audit of the board's buyout of former Superintendent Shonny Bria in June 2013. District voters narrowly passed a four-year tax levy to fund instructional programs and maintenance after threats of dissolving the district.[6][7] The Washington State Auditor's Office is currently conducting an investigation into a secret buyout of Bria that was only disclosed after she left office.[8]

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Battle Ground School District election:[4]

Deadline Event
May 17, 2013 Last day to file nominating petitions
May 23, 2013 Last day to submit candidate materials for voter pamphlet
August 6, 2013 Primary day
November 5, 2013 Election day
November 26, 2013 Certification of vote results

Additional elections on the ballot

The Battle Ground School District election shared the November 5 ballot with local and county measures. Residents of Battle Ground voted for four seats on the City Council while voters in Yacolt voted on three seats on the Town Council. The ballot included a Superior Court Judge seat, two positions on the Clark County Fire & Rescue Board of Commissioners and five positions on the Clark County Commission.[9] Voters cast ballots for two state initiatives, five statewide advisory votes and six county advisory votes.[10]

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