Javier Ruiz

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Javier Ruiz
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Former candidate for
Pasco Board of Directors, Position 4
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sEastern Washington University
ProfessionFinancial supervisor
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Javier Ruiz was a candidate for the Position 4 seat on the Pasco Board of Directors in Washington. He was defeated by incumbent Sherry Lancon on November 5, 2013.


Ruiz earned his B.S. in Business Administration from Eastern Washington University in 1994. He is currently a supervisor with the Washington Department of Social and Health Services. Ruiz has been a youth coach for more than a decade and a Boy Scout leader for the past three years. He has five children who have attended or currently attend district schools.[1][2]



See also: Pasco School District elections (2013)


Ruiz faced incumbent Sherry Lancon on November 5, 2013.


General election
Pasco School District, Four-year term, Position 4, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSherry Lancon Incumbent 60.4% 5,833
     Nonpartisan Javier Ruiz 39.6% 3,821
Total Votes 9,654
Source: Franklin County Auditor, "November 5, 2013 General Election," November 26, 2013

Ruiz placed second in the August 6, 2013 primary for the Position 4 seat on the board. He will face incumbent Sherry Lancon in the November 5, 2013 general election.

Pasco Board of Director, Primary, Position 4, August 6, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSherry Lancon Incumbent 66.9% 5,013
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJavier Ruiz 25% 1,873
     Nonpartisan Taylor Franklin Taranto 8.1% 606
Total Votes 7,492
Source: Franklin County Auditor


Ruiz reported $3,464.96 in contributions and $3,113.17 in expenditures to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission, which left his campaign with $315.79 on hand.[3]

Campaign themes


Ruiz provided the following statement to the 2013 Local Voters' Pamphlet in Franklin County:[2]

Campaign video for Javier Ruiz

"As a community we are obligated to provide a quality education for our children and to provide quality educational facilities for them. We are also obligated to our citizens to make the most of the funds they provide.

In a time of limited resources, we must adopt innovative approaches to address new concerns and challenges. There are many issues to address...school performance, fiscal responsibility and student safety, just to name a few. They must be governed in a responsible way with total integrity and also take into account of how they may impact our children and our community. The same old approaches will only give us the same old results and the answer cannot always be “more money”.

While we have accomplished much as a school district, we should expect higher results considering how much we have invested. We must reevaluate expectations, accept accountability and maintain high standards. We should also recognize, reward and encourage the positive.

With a renewed commitment to such principles, we can provide creative solutions to help us achieve new levels of excellence in all Pasco schools! Let’s stand together and make a difference! This is my pledge. Thank you for your support!"

What was at stake?

Incumbents William Leggett, Sherry Lancon and Darrell Toombs sought re-election during the November 5, 2013 general election. Leggett was seeking a fifth term on the board against challenger Steven A. Christensen while Lancon ran for a second full term against Ruiz. Toombs was appointed to the board in April 2013 and sought a first full term against challenger Amy L. Phillips.

Growing enrollment, tightening budget

The district has experienced a 16.7% increase in enrollment between 2008 and 2012. This growth in enrollment could strain district resources in the near future based on budget projections. In a work session on August 27, 2013, the Board of Directors discussed a budget shortfall expected with the expiration of the current maintenance and operations levy in December 2014. The district currently receives $4.46 per $1,000 of assessed property value to fill in gaps left by state funding and other revenue. A tax levy increase of at least $0.10 per $1,000 would be necessary to fill the expected budget gap. Superintendent Saundra Hill and board members in attendance voiced no support for an increased tax levy on the February 2014 ballot, focusing instead on studying potential cuts in the budget while maintaining the current levy amount.[4]

About the district

See also: Pasco School District, Washington
Pasco School District is located in Franklin County, Washington
The City of Pasco in Franklin County is located along the Columbia River in southeastern Washington. The population of Pasco was 59,781 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[5]


Pasco lags behind state averages for higher education achievement, median income and poverty rate. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (14.9%) is below the state average (31.4%). The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Pasco's median income at $47,252 while the state median income was $58,890. Pasco had a poverty rate of 22.2% in the 2010 U.S. Census while the state rate was 12.5%.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2012[5]
Race Pasco (%) Washington (%)
White 55.8 77.3
Black or African American 1.9 3.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.5 1.5
Asian 1.9 7.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.6
Two or More Races 3.3 4.7
Hispanic or Latino 55.7 11.2

Presidential Voting Pattern[6]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 37.1 60.7
2008 37.4 61.1
2004 31.6 65.5
2000 32.5 60.1

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