|South Kitsap Board of Directors, District 3|
|Years in position||5|
|Board Vice President|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|First elected||November 3, 2009|
|South Kitsap Board of Directors|
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.
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|
|Nonpartisan||Christopher Lemke Incumbent||62%||10,252|
|Source: Kitsap County Auditor, "Official Results for Election," accessed December 13, 2013|
Lemke reported no contributions or expenditures to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission.
Lemke won election to the District 3 seat on November 3, 2009 against fellow challenger Naomi Polen.
|South Kitsap Board of Directors, District 3, November 3, 2009|
|Source: Kitsap County Auditor|
Lemke provided the following statement for the 2013 Local Voters' Pamphlet in Kitsap County:
"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?
About the district
- See also: South Kitsap School District, Washington
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%).
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.
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- South Kitsap School District, "School Board Members," accessed August 26, 2013
- Washington Public Disclosure Commission, "Local Candidates," accessed December 17, 2013
- Kitsap County Auditor, "November 3, 2009 General Election Results," accessed August 26, 2013
- Kitsap County Auditor, "Local Voters' Pamphlet," accessed September 30, 2013
- 2010 U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Port Orchard," accessed August 22, 2013
- Kitsap County Auditor, "Kitsap County Election Archives," accessed August 19, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014