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Eileen Thomson

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Eileen Thomson
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Olympia Board of Directors, District 3
Term ends
November 2017
Years in position 7
Board President
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 3, 2009
Term limitsN/A
Office website
Eileen Thomson currently represents District 3 on the Olympia Board of Directors in Washington. She was first appointed to the board in 2008. Thomson won re-election against challenger Brian Tomlinson on November 5, 2013.


Thomson has served as a volunteer at district schools as well as a member of the Special Education PTO. She has two children who have attended district schools.[1][2]



See also: Olympia School District elections (2013)


Thomson ran for a second term on the board against Brian Tomlinson on November 5, 2013.


Olympia Board of Directors, Four-year term, District 3, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngEileen Thomson Incumbent 72.2% 11,422
     Nonpartisan Brian Tomlinson 27.8% 4,401
Total Votes 15,823
Source: Thurston County Auditor, "November 5, 2013 General Election," November 26, 2013


Thomson reported no contributions or expenditures to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission.[3]


On October 18, 2013, The Olympian endorsed Thomson for re-election to the school board.[4]


Thomson won her first full term on the board without opposition on November 3, 2009.

Olympia Board of Directors, District 3, November 3, 2009
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngEileen Thomson 100% 11,850
Total Votes 11,850
Source: Thurston County Auditor

Campaign themes


Thomson provided the following statement for the 2013 Local Voters' Pamphlet in Thurston County:[5]

"It is a privilege to have served as a board member for the Olympia School District for the past five years. During this time the district has effectively and efficiently met the educational needs of our students despite tough budget choices. Much work remains and I ask for your support to continue this work.

In the coming years, we must align our curriculum with new state-mandated standards, implement the Teacher/Principal Evaluation Project and continue to maintain fiscal responsibility.

Spending time with teachers, administrators, support staff and students has been a highlight of my service. Community collaboration with the district is vital to the success of our students. I remain committed to meeting the academic, social, emotional and cultural needs of all students with the education they need to become successful citizens."

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

What was at stake?

Thomson ran for re-election against challenger Brian Tomlinson for the District 3 seat. Mark Campeau sought a second term in the District 5 seat without opposition.

About the district

See also: Olympia School District, Washington
Olympia School District is located in Thurston County, Washington
Olympia School District is located in the capital city of Olympia, Washington in Thurston County. The population of Olympia was 46,478 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[6]


Olympia outperforms the state average for higher education achievement but lags behind median income and poverty rate. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (43.3%) exceeds the state average (31.4%). The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Olympia's median income at $52,371 while the state median income was $58,890. Olympia had a poverty rate of 15.8% in the 2010 U.S. Census while the state rate was 12.5%.[6]

Racial Demographics, 2012[6]
Race Olympia (%) Washington (%)
White 83.7 77.3
Black or African American 2.0 3.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.1 1.5
Asian 6.0 7.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.4 0.6
Two or More Races 5.0 4.7
Hispanic or Latino 6.3 11.2

Presidential Voting Pattern[7]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 58.3 38.8
2008 59.9 38.2
2004 55.6 42.6
2000 51.8 41

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.[8] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

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