David Olson (Washington)
|Peninsula Board of Directors, District 5|
|Years in position||2|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|First elected||November 5, 2013|
|Years of service||1977-2005|
|(timed out) Campaign website|
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.
|Peninsula Board of Directors, Four-year term, District 5, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Rick Jones Incumbent||44.6%||8,519|
|Source: Pierce County Elections, "November 5, 2013 General Election," November 25, 2013|
|Peninsula Board of Directors, Primary, District 5, 2013|
|Source: Pierce County Elections|
Olson reported no contributions or expenditures to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission.
Olson's campaign website listed the following endorsements for 2013:
- Pierce County Republican Party
- 26th Legislative District Democrats
- Representative Larry Seaquist
- Representative Jan Angel
Olson provided the following statement for the 2013 Local Voters' Pamphlet in Pierce County:
"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. 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.
About the district
- See also: Peninsula School District, Washington
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%.
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. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
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- Olson for School Board, "About Me," accessed August 22, 2013 (timed out)
- Pierce County Auditor, "Local Voters' Pamphlet," accessed October 7, 2013
- Pierce County Elections, "August 6, 2013 Primary Election Results," accessed August 21, 2013
- Washington Public Disclosure Commission, "Local Candidates," accessed December 17, 2013
- Olson for School Board, "Home," accessed August 22, 2013 (timed out)
- Pierce County Auditor, "February 8, 2011 Special Election," accessed August 22, 2013
- Pierce County Auditor, "Validation Requirements," accessed August 22, 2013
- Gateline.com, "Peninsula School District Approves Capital Projects Levy," July 31, 2013
- Gig Harbor Patch, "Group Forms To Oppose $50 Million Peninsula School District Levy In November," August 21, 2013
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Gig Harbor," accessed August 21, 2013
- Pierce County Elections, "Archived Elections," accessed August 5, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014