Central Kitsap School District elections (2013)

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2013 Central Kitsap 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
Central Kitsap School District
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Three seats were up for election on the Central Kitsap Board of Directors on November 5, 2013. Seats in District 1, 4 and 5 were on the general election ballot. Candidates for the District 4 seat ran for a two-year unexpired term. Bruce Richards defeated Regina C. Hill for the District 1 seat, Jeanie Schulze defeated Victoria T. Crescenzi for the District 4 seat and Eric Greene ran unopposed and won the District 5 seat.

About the district

See also: Central Kitsap School District, Washington
Central Kitsap School District is located in Kitsap County, Washington
Central Kitsap School District in Silverdale is located in Kitsap County along the western banks of the Puget Sound. The population of Silverdale was 19,204 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[1]

Demographics

Silverdale outpaced state averages for median income and poverty rate while lagging behind higher education achievement. The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Silverdale's median income at $61,834 while the state median income was $58,890. Silverdale had a poverty rate of 7.5% in the 2010 U.S. Census while the state rate was 12.5%. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (30.1%) is below the state average (31.4%).[1]

Racial Demographics, 2012[1]
Race Silverdale(%) Washington (%)
White 75.8 77.3
Black or African American 3.2 3.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.0 1.5
Asian 11.0 7.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.9 0.6
Two or More Races 6.7 4.7
Hispanic or Latino 6.3 11.2

Presidential Voting Pattern[2]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 54.2 42.6
2008 54.9 42.6
2004 51.2 46.9
2000 48.9 45.1


Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[3][4]

Method of board member selection

The Central Kitsap Board of Directors consists of five members elected to four-year terms. There were no primaries on August 6, 2013 as each seat did not have more than two candidates. Three seats were up for election on November 5, 2013 and three seats will be on the ballot in November 2015.

Elections in Washington require candidates to pay filing fees equal to 1% of a position's annual salary. Board members in Silverdale 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 June 18, 2013 for the county's local voter pamphlet.[5]

Elections

2013

Candidates

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  • Bruce Richards
    • Incumbent
    • Graduate, University of California-Davis and Indiana University
    • Nuclear engineer, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard
    • Veteran, U.S. Navy
  • Regina C. Hill
    • Graduate, University of Wisconsin and Southern University Law Center
    • Attorney
  • Eric Greene
    • Incumbent
    • Graduate, University of Southern Mississippi
    • Program manager, U.S. Navy
    • Veteran, U.S. Navy

Election results

Central Kitsap Board of Directors, Four-year term, District 1, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBruce Richards Incumbent 62.2% 8,628
     Nonpartisan Regina C. Hill 36.8% 5,107
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 1% 132
Total Votes 13,867
Source: Kitsap County Auditor, "Official Results for Election," accessed December 13, 2013


Central Kitsap Board of Directors, Four-year term, District 4, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJeanie Schulze Incumbent 58.3% 8,154
     Nonpartisan Victoria T. Crescenzi 40.8% 5,707
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.9% 130
Total Votes 13,991
Source: Kitsap County Auditor, "Official Results for Election," accessed December 13, 2013


Central Kitsap Board of Directors, Four-year term, District 5, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngEric Greene Incumbent 97.7% 11,887
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 2.3% 274
Total Votes 12,161
Source: Kitsap County Auditor, "Official Results for Election," accessed December 13, 2013

Endorsements

There were no endorsements in this election.

Campaign finance

No contributions or expenditures were reported during the election, according to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission.[6]

Past elections

2011

Central Kitsap Board of Directors, District 2, November 8, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMark Gaines 98.2% 13,686
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 1.8% 245
Total Votes 13,931
Source: Kitsap County Auditor
Central Kitsap Board of Directors, District 3, November 8, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngChris Stokke 97.7% 13,321
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 2.3% 313
Total Votes 13,634
Source: Kitsap County Auditor
Central Kitsap Board of Directors, District 4, November 8, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngChristy Cathcart 53% 8,325
     Nonpartisan Jeanie Schulze 47% 7,397
Total Votes 15,722
Source: Kitsap County Auditor

What was at stake?

Incumbent Bruce Richards ran for a second term in District 1 against challenger Regina C. Hill. Jeanie Schulze was appointed to District 4 on May 8, 2013 and sought a full term against challenger Victoria T. Crescenzi. Eric Greene won another term in District 5 without opposition.

Issues

The Board of Directors has faced some discord in the past year over the planning of a March retreat and Schulze's appointment. Former board member Christy Cathcart complained to former Superintendent Greg Lynch about the cost, distance and facilitator for a retreat in early March 2013. Cathcart noted that facilitator Karen Simmonds charged the district $1,969.50 for the event while a facilitator from the Washington State School Directors Association would have been available for $900. Eric Greene seconded this criticism during the planning process. These complaints also noted that the event cost $2,600.90 and took place 115 miles away from the district at Pacific Beach.[7]

The appointment of Jeanie Schulze in May 2013 also created tension in the community. Schulze was selected by a 3-1 vote to fill the District 4 seat left by Christy Cathcart. Cathcart voiced opposition to Schulze's appointment after the vote, citing Schulze's defeat in the 2011 general election. The Central Kitsap Education Association (CKEA) also criticized the appointment in part because of a letter written by Schulze that criticized the union's role in the 2011 election. In the letter, Schulze contended that the CKEA skewed endorsement interviews to support Cathcart. Former CKEA president Cheryl Brown is pursuing a civil suit against Schulze for defamation of character related to these claims.[8]

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Central Kitsap Board of Directors elections in 2013:[5]

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
May 20, 2013 Last day to withdraw from fall elections
June 18, 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 Board of Directors elections shared the ballot with other city and county measures. Voters chose two members of the Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue Commission, one seat on the Port of Silverdale Commission and one seat on the Silverdale Water District Commission. The ballot featured two statewide initiatives, five advisory votes on state tax policies and a one-year unexpired term in District 26 seat of the Washington State Senate.[5]

See also

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