Bethel School District elections (2013)

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2013 Bethel 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
Bethel School District
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Three seats were up for election on the Bethel Board of Directors. Seats in Districts 1, 3 and 4 were on the November 5, 2013 ballot. Warren T. Smith and Stan Chapin ran unopposed and won seats in Districts 1 and 3 while Amy Pivetta Hoffman defeated Rick E. Payne for the District 4 seat.

About the district

See also: Bethel School District, Washington
Bethel School District is located in Pierce County, Washington
Bethel School District is based out of Spanaway and serves local communities in southeastern Pierce County. District schools serve students in Graham, Puyallup, Roy, Spanaway and Tacoma. The population of Pierce County was 795,225 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[1]

Demographics

Pierce County lags behind the rest of Washington based on median income and higher education achievement while outperforming the state poverty rate. The 2010 U.S. Census found the median income in Pierce County was $58,824 while the state median income was $58,890. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (23.6%) was lower than the state average (31.4%). The city's poverty rate was 11.6% compared to the state's 12.5% poverty rate.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2010[1]
Race Pierce County (%) Washington (%)
White 76.8 81.6
Black or African American 7.2 3.9
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.6 1.8
Asian 6.3 7.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 1.4 0.7
Two or More Races 6.6 4.3
Hispanic or Latino 9.6 11.7

Presidential Voting Pattern[2]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 54.4 43.3
2008 54.9 42.8
2004 50.4 48.0
2000 51.4 44.0

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 100.0%. Each column will add up to 100.0% after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.[3]

Method of board member selection

The Bethel Board of Directors consists of five members elected by district to four-year terms. There was not a primary election on August 6, 2013 and the general election took place on November 5, 2013. Seats in Districts 2, 4 and 5 will be on the ballot on November 3, 2015. Candidates for the District 4 seat in 2013 sought a two-year unexpired term.

Elections in Washington require candidates to pay filing fees equal to 1% of a position's annual salary. Board members in Bethel School District 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 August 14, 2013 for the county's local voter pamphlet.[4]

Elections

2013

Candidates

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  • Stan Chapin
    • Incumbent
    • Graduate, Community College of the Air Force and Chapman University
    • Operations and projects manager, Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium

Election results

Bethel Board of Directors, Four-year term, District 1, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngWarren T. Smith Incumbent 97.5% 13,374
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 2.5% 349
Total Votes 13,723
Source: Pierce County Elections, "November 5, 2013 General Election," November 25, 2013


Bethel Board of Directors, Four-year term, District 3, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngStan Chapin Incumbent 97.8% 13,378
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 2.2% 294
Total Votes 13,672
Source: Pierce County Elections, "November 5, 2013 General Election," November 25, 2013


Bethel Board of Directors, Unexpired two-year term, District 4, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAmy Pivetta Hoffman 72.6% 11,433
     Nonpartisan Rick E. Payne 26.5% 4,174
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.9% 140
Total Votes 15,747
Source: Pierce County Elections, "November 5, 2013 General Election," November 25, 2013

Endorsements

The Bellingham Herald endorsed Amy Pivetta Hoffman for the November 5, 2013 board election.[5] Hoffman also received the endorsement of the Pierce County Democrats on October 15, 2013.[6]

Campaign finance

Candidates received a total of $11,511.05 and spent a total of $11,390.06 during the election, according to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission.[7]

In the District 1 race, no contributions or expenditures were reported during the election.

In the District 3 race, no contributions or expenditures were reported during the election.

In the District 4 race, candidates received a total of $11,511.05 and spent a total of $11,390.06.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Amy Pivetta Hoffman $11,511.05 $11,390.06 $120.99
Rick E. Payne $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

Past elections

2011

Bethel Board of Directors, District 2, November 8, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJohn L. Manning Incumbent 100% 16,511
Total Votes 16,511
Source: Pierce County Elections


Bethel Board of Directors, District 4, November 8, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJoy A. Cook 55.8% 10,672
     Nonpartisan David Hamwey 44.2% 8,450
Total Votes 19,122
Source: Pierce County Elections


Bethel Board of Directors, District 5, November 8, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBrenda Rogers Incumbent 62.1% 11,755
     Nonpartisan Elizabeth Satiacum 37.9% 7,189
Total Votes 18,944
Source: Pierce County Elections

What was at stake?

Incumbents Warren T. Smith and Stan Chapin won re-election to the board without opposition in Districts 1 and 3. Newcomers Amy Pivetta Hoffman and Rick E. Payne sought an unexpired two-year term in District 4. The District 4 seat was held by appointee Michael Audas, who did not file for election.

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Bethel Board of Directors election in 2013:[4]

Deadline Event
April 29, 2013 First day to file nominating petitions by mail
May 13, 2013 First day to file nominating petitions online or in-person
May 17, 2013 Last day to file nominating petitions
August 6, 2013 Primary day
August 14, 2013 Last day to submit candidate materials for voter pamphlet
November 5, 2013 Election day
November 26, 2013 Certification of vote results

Additional elections on the ballot

The Bethel Board of Directors election shared the ballot with other county and state elections. Three seats on the Port of Tacoma Commission were up for election on November 5, 2013. Voters also cast ballots for two statewide initiatives and five advisory votes that deal with changes to state tax policy.[4]

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