|Former candidate for|
|Bellingham Board of Directors, Position 4|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||August 6, 2013|
|Bachelor's||Western Washington University|
|Years of service||1965-1973|
|(timed out) Campaign website|
Beattie studied Elementary Education at Western Washington University. He later studied Political Science at Harvard University and Marine Science at the University of Guam. Beattie has worked as a lab technician, organizer for Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) before working as a self-employed locksmith. He served in the United States Navy from 1965 to 1973.
Beattie placed third in the August 6, 2013 primary for the Position 4 seat and failed to advance to the November 5, 2013 general election.
|Bellingham Board of Directors, Primary, Position 4, August 6, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Steven H. Smith Incumbent||53.1%||6,904|
|Nonpartisan||John H. Blethen||29.2%||3,791|
|Source: Whatcom County Elections|
Beattie's campaign website listed the following endorsements for 2013:
- Bellingham Small School Coalition
- Coalition to Save Larrabee
- Happy Valley Neighborhood Association
- Wendy Scherrer
- David Marshak
- Carrie Blackwood
Beattie provided the following statement for the Local Voters' Pamphlet in Whatcom County:
"Our School Board decided large schools are more efficient to administer. Hue Beattie believes small schools produce higher quality education, that students of smaller schools acquire better social skills and achieve better post-graduate results.
Hue has long worked to build walkable neighborhoods and healthy communities. He believes smaller neighborhood schools are more consistent with our City’s Comprehensive Plan and that neighborhood-based planning must precede closing or remodeling of schools.
Hue’s long experience in Democratic process assures he will represent his constituents, not rubber stamp for the administration. Hue will listen to and act upon his constituents’ concerns, not ignore them.
What's at stake?
Incumbent Steven H. Smith is running for a second term in the Position 4 seat against challenger John H. Blethen. Scott Stockburger is running for re-election for the Position 5 seat without opposition.
Themes in Position 4 race
The district has experienced a 3.5% increase in enrollment between 2008 and 2012 while the district budget was cut by $1.5 million between 2011 and 2012. A major issue in the Position 4 race is the closure of Larrabee Elementary School slated for the end of the 2013-2014 school year. Smith voted along with three board members to close the school due to poor performance and long-term renovation plans for district schools. Blethen and Beattie challenged Smith in the August 6, 2013 primary due to his vote on Larrabee Elementary. Stockburger was the lone vote to prevent Larrabee's closure and does not face opposition for his seat.
Smith also faced a primary challenge due to his support for a $160 million bond on the November 5, 2013 ballot. The bond would support renovation of district facilities including $73 million for Sehome High School and a $17 million remodeling of district offices. Beattie believed that community involvement in renovation could bring down costs while Blethen argued for a more gradual renovation process that would not require a large bond measure.
About the district
- See also: Bellingham School District, Washington
Bellingham outperforms state averages for higher education achievement while lagging behind in median income and poverty rate. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (38.6%) exceeds the state average (31.4%). The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Bellingham's median income at $39,299 while the state median income was $58,890. Bellingham had a poverty rate of 22.6% 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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- Whatcom County Elections, "Local Voters' Pamphlet," accessed September 3, 2013
- Hue Beattie for Bellingham School Board, "Endorsements," accessed September 3, 2013 (timed out)
- The Bellingham Herald, "Larrabee Elementary closure a motivator for challengers in school board race, July 21, 2013
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Bellingham," accessed August 30, 2013
- Whatcom County Auditor, "Election History," accessed August 30, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014