Erik Fretheim

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Erik Fretheim
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Former candidate for
Bellevue Board of Directors, District 5
Elections and appointments
Last electionAugust 6, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sU.S. Military Academy
Master'sLong Island University
Ph.D.Air Force Institute of Technology
ProfessionTechnology executive
Erik Fretheim was a candidate for the District 5 seat on the Bellevue Board of Directors. He was defeated by My-Linh Thai and Ed Luera in the August 6, 2013 primary. Fretheim campaigned for fiscal responsibility, investments in education facilities and greater involvement by parents in the educational process.


Fretheim earned a B.S. from the U.S. Military Academy in 1982 and a Ph.D. from the Air Force Institute of Technology in 1991. He later earned a M.B.A. from Long Island University in 1994. He has worked as the Chief Technology Offier at i5Digital and Chief Information Officer at Grange Insurance Group. Fretheim currently works as Vice President of Engineering at Clarian Technology and Executive Director of The Technology Institute at the City University of Seattle. He and his wife, Karin, have five children. Fretheim served in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1977 to 2010 before retiring with the rank of Colonel.[1][2]



See also: Bellevue School District elections (2013)

Fretheim placed third in the August 6, 2013 primary for the District 5 seat and failed to advance to the November 5, 2013 general election.[3]

Bellevue Board of Directors, Primary, District 4, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMy-Linh Thai 40.9% 7,611
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngEd Luera 35.1% 6,533
     Nonpartisan Erik Fretheim 24% 4,459
Total Votes 18,603
Source: King County Elections

Campaign themes


Fretheim provided the following statement for the King County Local Voters' Pamphlet ahead of the August 6, 2013 primary:[4]

"I support responsible spending and believe that our best teachers and those from whom we ask the most need to compensated for their efforts. Parents should have input into who is teaching their children and what they are being taught. We need to continue to ensure our facilities are equal to the task. We need to continue providing an outstanding level of pre-college education, but also ensure that every student, even those who choose not to attend college, is ready to contribute meaningfully to society. I will use my experience to ensure that our students get the best education possible."

What's at stake?

Incumbent Chris Marks is seeking a third term on the board and faces no opposition in District 3. Krischanna Roberson and Tracy Trojovsky are vying for an unexpired two-year term in District 4 with current member Michael Murphy resigning his seat.[5] The District 5 race to replace outgoing member Paul Mills includes newcomers Ed Luera and My-Linh Thai.

About the district

See also: Bellevue School District, Washington
Bellevue School District is located in King County, Washington
Bellevue School District is located in the City of Bellevue in King County, Washington. The population of Bellevue was 122,363 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[6]


Bellevue outperforms state averages for higher education achievement, median income and poverty. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (60.7%) exceeds the state average (31.4%). The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Bellevue's median income at $84,503, while the state median income was $58,890. Bellevue had a poverty rate of 6.6% in the 2010 U.S. Census while the state rate was 12.5%.[6]

Racial Demographics, 2012[6]
Race Bellevue (%) Washington (%)
White 62.6 77.3
Black or African American 2.3 3.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4 1.5
Asian 27.6 7.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.2 0.6
Two or More Races 3.9 4.7
Hispanic or Latino 7.0 11.2

Presidential Voting Pattern[7]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 68.7 28.3
2008 70.0 28.0
2004 65.0 33.7
2000 60.0 34.4

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, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[8]

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