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Christopher Lemke
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South Kitsap Board of Directors, District 3
Term ends
November 2017
Years in position 6
Board Vice President
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 3, 2009
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
South Kitsap Board of Directors
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Christopher Lemke currently represents District 3 on the South Kitsap Board of Directors in Washington. He first won election to the board in 2009. Lemke won re-election to the board against challenger Jeff Lakin on November 5, 2013. He previously served on the board from 2001 to 2005.


Lemke worked as a supervisor at Naval Submarine Base Banger until his retirement. He and his wife, Debbie, have four children who graduated from district schools.[1]



See also: South Kitsap School District elections (2013)


Lemke sought re-election to the board against challenger Jeff Lakin on November 5, 2013.


South Kitsap Board of Directors, Four-year term, District 3, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngChristopher Lemke Incumbent 62% 10,252
     Nonpartisan Jeff Lakin 36.7% 6,069
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 1.2% 202
Total Votes 16,523
Source: Kitsap County Auditor, "Official Results for Election," accessed December 13, 2013


Lemke reported no contributions or expenditures to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission.[2]


Lemke won election to the District 3 seat on November 3, 2009 against fellow challenger Naomi Polen.[3]

South Kitsap Board of Directors, District 3, November 3, 2009
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngChristopher Lemke 61% 9,673
     Nonpartisan Naomi Polen 39% 6,176
Total Votes 15,849
Source: Kitsap County Auditor

Campaign themes


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

"I am seeking re-election for a third term because of my belief that every child in South Kitsap deserves a quality education. I also believe that our schools are the center piece of a quality community. I have family, community, country as my top priorities.

As a school board member I have attended 99% of all meetings. I strongly believe attendance and active participation is critical as a Board Member. I have held all positions on the Board and take pride in execution of positional duties. During the next four years my priorities will be right sizing the district, upgrading technology, and completing a detailed four year visionary plan focused on student achievement. I will seek help from all stakeholders to obtain guidance in the building of this plan.

I will work with the new Superintendent and fellow board members to build a budget that aligns with the core mission of "All Children Can Succeed No Exceptions." I will ensure the local community knows where their levy dollars are spent. Lastly, I will work to preserve the arts, school sports, and all programs that keep our young adults engaged."

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

What was at stake?

Lemke ran for a second term in District 3 against challenger Jeff Lakin. Rebecca Diehl ran for the District 4 seat previously held by Kathryn Simpson, who did not file for re-election.

About the district

See also: South Kitsap School District, Washington
South Kitsap School District is located in Kitsap County, Washington
South Kitsap School District in Port Orchard is located in Kitsap County along the western banks of the Puget Sound. The population of Port Orchard was 11,144 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[5]


Port Orchard outpaced the state poverty rate while lagging behind in median income and higher education achievement. The city had a poverty rate of 9.8% in the 2010 U.S. Census while the state rate was 12.5%. The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Port Orchard's median income at $51,593 while the state median income was $58,890. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (24.1%) is below the state average (31.4%).[5]

Racial Demographics, 2012[5]
Race Port Orchard(%) Washington (%)
White 80.8 77.3
Black or African American 3.4 3.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.3 1.5
Asian 5.8 7.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 1.4 0.6
Two or More Races 6.4 4.7
Hispanic or Latino 6.6 11.2

Presidential Voting Pattern[6]
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.[7][8]

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