Curt Carroll

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Curt Carroll
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Former candidate for
Peninsula Board of Education, District 5
Elections and appointments
Last electionAugust 6, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sOregon State University
ProfessionSales director
Curt Carroll was a candidate for the District 5 seat on the Peninsula Board of Education. He was defeated in the August 6, 2013 primary against Rick Jones and David Olson. Carroll campaigned to increase the board's involvement in school and community activities.


Carroll earned his B.S. from Oregon State University in 1991. He currently works as a regional sales director for TNT Fireworks. Carroll has volunteered in the past for Harbor Soccer Club and Harbor Hoops.[1]



See also: Peninsula School District elections (2013)

Carroll placed third in the August 6, 2013 primary for the District 5 seat and failed to advance to the November 5, 2013 general election.[2]

Peninsula Board of Directors, Primary, District 5, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Olson 46.8% 5,713
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRick Jones 38.5% 4,708
     Nonpartisan Curt Carroll 14.7% 1,794
Total Votes 12,215
Source: Pierce County Elections

Campaign themes


Carroll provided the following statement for the Pierce County Local Voters' Pamphlet published ahead of the August 6 primary:[1]

"My goal as an elected Pennisula School District Board Member representing district #5 is to bring the board to the parents and students of Harbor Heights and Goodman Middle School. This means attending school activites that are planned by the schools where parents and students are already present. Not additional meetings where parents are expected to take additonal time away from their families. I have seen multiple activities where the school board is looking for our input. However, the board is not getting to the most important level You The Parents and Students. When I take on any challenge I commit for multiple years to get any and all jobs done. This is what I see is important to be a successful Peninsula Board Member. I appreciate your support and look forward to your support!"

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

What was at stake?

Wendy Wojtanowicz sought a third term in the District 1 seat and faces no opposition on November 5, 2013. Harlan Gallinger ran unopposed for an unexpired term of two years in District 4. The District 5 race features incumbent Rick Jones and challenger David Olson.


A major debate within the district centers on funding for capital improvements. A 2011 bond measure totaling $78 million failed to pass the 60% approval threshold required by Washington state law.[3][4] In July 2013, the Board of Directors voted unanimously to place a $50 million tax levy for capital improvements on the November ballot. Opponents of the tax levy criticize the increase in property taxes and the lower threshold for a tax levy compared to a bond measure.[5][6]

About the district

See also: Peninsula School District, Washington
Peninsula School District is located in Pierce County, Washington
Peninsula School District serves students in Gig Harbor and other towns on the Key Peninsula. The district is located in Pierce County in northwestern Washington. The population of Gig Harbor was 7,126 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[7]


Gig Harbor surpasses state averages for higher education achievement, median income and poverty rate. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (44.3%) is below the state average (31.4%). The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Gig Harbor's median income at $62,421 while the state median income was $58,890. Gig Harbor had a poverty rate of 9.6% in the 2010 U.S. Census while the state rate was 12.5%.[7]

Racial Demographics, 2012[7]
Race Gig Harbor (%) Washington (%)
White 90.2 77.3
Black or African American 1.2 3.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.6 1.5
Asian 2.4 7.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.5 0.6
Two or More Races 3.6 4.7
Hispanic or Latino 5.8 11.2

Presidential Voting Pattern[8]
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 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.[9]

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