David Olson (Washington)

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David Olson
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Peninsula Board of Directors, District 5
Term ends
November 2017
Years in position 2
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Navy
Years of service1977-2005
ProfessionBank manager
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David Olson currently represents District 5 on the Peninsula Board of Directors in Washington. He defeated incumbent Rick Jones in the November 5, 2013 general election. Olson campaigned to develop partnerships with local groups and city agencies.


Olson served in the U.S. Navy from 1977 to 2005 before moving into the defense contracting industry. He currently works as a bank manager for US Bank. Olson has volunteered with local groups including Drug Education for Youth Program and Gig Harbor/FISH Food Bank. He and his wife, Tonia, have four children who have attended district schools.[1][2]



See also: Peninsula School District elections (2013)


General election
Peninsula Board of Directors, Four-year term, District 5, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Olson 54.9% 10,491
     Nonpartisan Rick Jones Incumbent 44.6% 8,519
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.6% 110
Total Votes 19,120
Source: Pierce County Elections, "November 5, 2013 General Election," November 25, 2013

Olson won the August 6, 2013 primary for the District 5 seat. Olson and Rick Jones advanced to the November 5, 2013 general election.[3]

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


Olson reported no contributions or expenditures to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission.[4]


Olson's campaign website listed the following endorsements for 2013:[5]

Campaign themes


Olson provided the following statement for the 2013 Local Voters' Pamphlet in Pierce County:[2]

"Your children and grandchildren deserve the very best from our schools. As taxpayers, you should be confident that your money is well spent. Sadly, schools have fewer resources. After-school programs and the arts are being eliminated due to budget reductions.

To create new opportunities and efficiencies, the School Board can develop partnerships with community organizations such as Parks and Recreation, Chamber of Commerce, and Rotary, to name a few. Through innovative ideas, realistic policies, and high expectations, the school board, along with the active and strong Parent Teacher Association, can create a positive learning environment in the schools.

For 28 years, the US Navy was my career. Following that, my family has had the pleasure of living in Gig Harbor for eight years. We chose Gig Harbor because it is a great community with many blessings. Three of our four children attended Goodman Middle School and graduated from Gig Harbor High School.

Having lived around the world, my wife (an educator) and I have seen first-hand how a lack of education and after-school programs affect entire communities. I am committed to helping your children, and grandchildren, achieve an outstanding education to prepare them for a successful future."

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

What was at stake?

Wendy Wojtanowicz won a third term without opposition in the District 1 seat. Harlan Gallinger ran unopposed for an unexpired two-year term in District 4. The District 5 race featured incumbent Rick Jones and 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.[6][7] 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 criticized the increase in property taxes and the lower threshold for a tax levy compared to a bond measure. The measure was defeated by a five-point margin.[8][9]

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.[10]


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%.[10]

Racial Demographics, 2012[10]
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[11]
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: Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" percentage, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off. Read more about race and ethnicity in the Census here.[12]

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