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.
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.
|Bellevue Board of Directors, Primary, District 4, 2013|
|Source: King County Elections|
Fretheim provided the following statement for the King County Local Voters' Pamphlet ahead of the August 6, 2013 primary:
"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. 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 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%.
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.
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- Project Vote Smart, "Biography," accessed August 20, 2013
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- King County Elections, "Local Voters' Pamphlet," accessed August 20, 2013
- Bellevue Patch, "Bellevue School Board Member Mike Murphy to Resign," March 26, 2013
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- King County Elections, "Election Archive," accessed August 1, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014