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Harlan Gallinger

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Harlan Gallinger
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Peninsula Board of Education, District 4
Term ends
November 2017
Years in position 2
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
AppointedDecember 2012
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Puget Sound
M.D.University of Washington
Office website
Harlan Gallinger currently represents District 4 on the Peninsula Board of Education in Washington. He was first appointed to the board in December 2012 to fill a vacancy left by Jill Uddenburg's retirement in September 2012. Gallinger ran unopposed for re-election in the November 5, 2013 general election.


Gallinger earned a B.S. in chemistry and history from the University of Puget Sound in 1998. He later earned his M.D. from the University of Washington School of Medicine in 2007. Gallinger worked for two years as part of Teach for America. He is currently an emergency room physician at Tacoma Emergency Care Physicians.[1][2]



See also: Peninsula School District elections (2013)


Gallinger ran unopposed for a full term on the board in the November 5, 2013 general election.


Peninsula Board of Directors, Four-year term, District 4, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngHarlan Gallinger Incumbent 98.7% 15,979
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 1.3% 203
Total Votes 16,182
Source: Pierce County Elections, "November 5, 2013 General Election," November 25, 2013


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

Campaign themes


Gallinger submitted the followings statement for the 2013 Local Voters' Pamphlet in Pierce County:[4]

"Through my experiences as a public school teacher in an underserved area, I have and will forever be passionate about public education. I believe that local communities must hold their school districts accountable for what happens in our local classrooms, because in the end, student achievement is the only thing that matters, and studies consistently show that teacher quality is the driving factor. I want to actively engage in this process and feel that serving as a school board member with allow me to do that. I believe that my experiences as a parent of young children will provide much-needed focus to early childhood and elementary education in the district. I addition I believe that my experiences as a former middle school math and science teacher, as well as my career path, will allow me to actively engage and advocate for increased learning opportunities for students across the district and across grade levels with regard to STEM (science, technology, engineering, math). I believe that graduating our students with stronger math and science backgrounds will prepare them to compete more successfully in our ever-increasing, technology-driven world."

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

What was at stake?

Incumbent Wendy Wojtanowicz won a third term without opposition in the District 1 seat. Gallinger ran unopposed for an unexpired two-year term in District 4. The District 5 race featured incumbent Rick Jones and challenger David 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.[5][6] 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.[7][8]

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.[9]


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%.[9]

Racial Demographics, 2012[9]
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[10]
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

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