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Hue Beattie

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Hue Beattie
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Former candidate for
Bellingham Board of Directors, Position 4
Elections and appointments
Last electionAugust 6, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sWestern Washington University
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Navy
Years of service1965-1973
(timed out) Campaign website
Hue Beattie was a candidate for the Position 4 seat on the Bellingham Board of Directors. He lost in the August 6, 2013 primary to incumbent Steven H. Smith and challenger John H. Blethen. Beattie campaigned to incorporate school renovations into community planning and decrease class sizes.


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.[1]



See also: Bellingham School District elections (2013)

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
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSteven H. Smith Incumbent 53.1% 6,904
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJohn H. Blethen 29.2% 3,791
     Nonpartisan Hue Beattie 17.7% 2,305
Total Votes 13,000
Source: Whatcom County Elections


Beattie's campaign website listed the following endorsements for 2013:[2]

  • Bellingham Small School Coalition
  • Coalition to Save Larrabee
  • Happy Valley Neighborhood Association
  • Wendy Scherrer
  • David Marshak
  • Carrie Blackwood

Campaign themes


Beattie provided the following statement for the Local Voters' Pamphlet in Whatcom County:[1]

"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.[3]

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.[3]

About the district

See also: Bellingham School District, Washington
Bellingham School District is located in Whatcom County, Washington
Bellingham School District is based in Whatcom County, which is situated along the border between the United States and Canada. The population of Bellingham was 80,885 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[4]


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%.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2012[4]
Race Bellingham (%) Washington (%)
White 84.9 77.3
Black or African American 1.3 3.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.3 1.5
Asian 5.1 7.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.3 0.6
Two or More Races 4.3 4.7
Hispanic or Latino 7.0 11.2

Presidential Voting Pattern[5]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 55.4 41.4
2008 58.0 40.0
2004 53.4 44.6
2000 46.1 46.5

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

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