Brian Bradford

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Brian Bradford
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Former candidate for
Kennewick School Board, Position 2
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sEvergreen State College
ProfessionPersonal caregiver
Brian Bradford was a candidate for Position 2 on the Kennewick School Board in Washington. He was defeated by incumbent Dawn Adams on November 5, 2013.


Bradford earned a B.A. in Urban and Regional Planning from Evergreen State College in 2011. He has worked as a personal caregiver for his mother and volunteered with the Ben Franklin Transit Citizen Advisory Committee.[1][2]


See also: Kennewick School District elections (2013)


Bradford sought election to the board against incumbent Dawn Adams on November 5, 2013.


Kennewick School District, Four-year term, Seat 2, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDawn Adams Incumbent 75.1% 11,236
     Nonpartisan Brian Bradford 24.9% 3,727
Total Votes 14,963
Source: Benton County Auditor, "Election Results," November 26, 2013


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

Campaign themes


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

"I chose to run this year as an answer to my opponent's choice to actively suppress the rights of a protected group in our community. It is important to maintain a strict seperation between Church and State. It is NOT the job of the School District to teach and/or enforce morals based on discriminatory and bigoted religious teachings. Public education should teach Ethics, without religious bias.

I believe that any and all clubs and organizations that meet in an academic setting should have an academic focus. Outside of the academic setting of the classroom, district facilities should be available to any group that would otherwise be permitted to utilize those facilities under federal (20 USC 4071) and state law.

As I have promised in the past, I will advocate for the implementation of Bloom's Taxonomy, ensure that the needs of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs as pertains to education are met, and that the book "The Pedagogy of the Oppressed" by Paolo Freire is referenced to student learning.

When you vote, remember the phrase "Bradford for the Board.""

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

What was at stake?

Incumbent Heather Kintzley ran unopposed for a second term in Position 1 on the Kennewick School Board. Position 2 incumbent Dawn Adams sought a fourth term on the board against Bradford in the general election on November 5, 2013.

About the district

See also: Kennewick School District, Washington
Kennewick School District is located in Benton County, Washington
The City of Kennewick is located along the Columbia River in south-central Washington. The population of Kennewick was 73,917 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[5]


Kennewick lags behind state averages for median income, higher education achievement and poverty rate. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (20.7%) is below the state average (31.4%). The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Kennewick's median income at $49,299 while the state median income was $58,890. Kennewick had a poverty rate of 15.9% in the 2010 U.S. Census while the state rate was 12.5%.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2012[5]
Race Kennewick(%) Washington (%)
White 78.5 77.3
Black or African American 1.7 3.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.8 1.5
Asian 2.4 7.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.2 0.6
Two or More Races 4.3 4.7
Hispanic or Latino 24.2 11.2

Presidential Voting Pattern[6]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 35.4 62.8
2008 36.1 62.2
2004 - -
2000 - -

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]

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