Jeanie Schulze

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Jeanie Schulze
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Central Kitsap Board of Directors, District 4
Term ends
November 2017
Years in position 2
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 5, 2013
AppointedMay 8, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sIndiana University
Campaign website
Jeanie Schulze currently represents District 4 on the Central Kitsap Board of Directors in Washington. She was first appointed to the board on May 8, 2013 to replace Christy Cathcart. Schulze defeated challenger Victoria T. Crescenzi in the November 5, 2013 general election.


Schulze earned a B.A. in Art and Art History from Indiana University. She served on the Silverdale Chamber of Commerce and currently sits on the Kitsap Adult Center for Education Board. Schulze and her husband have two children who graduated from district schools.[1]



See also: Central Kitsap School District elections (2013)


Schulze ran for a first full term on the board against challenger Victoria T. Crescenzi on November 5, 2013.


Central Kitsap Board of Directors, Four-year term, District 4, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJeanie Schulze Incumbent 58.3% 8,154
     Nonpartisan Victoria T. Crescenzi 40.8% 5,707
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.9% 130
Total Votes 13,991
Source: Kitsap County Auditor, "Official Results for Election," accessed December 13, 2013


Schulze reported no contributions or expenditures to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission.[2]


Schulze did not receive any endorsements in this election.


Schulze lost election to the board on November 8, 2011 against incumbent Christy Cathcart.[3]

Central Kitsap Board of Directors, District 4, November 8, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngChristy Cathcart 53% 8,325
     Nonpartisan Jeanie Schulze 47% 7,397
Total Votes 15,722
Source: Kitsap County Auditor

Campaign themes


Schulze provided the following statement for the 2013 Local Voters' Pamphlet in Kitsap County:[4]

"Continuing excellence in education; careful management of the District's budget and local tax dollars; and preparing our children for their futures will be critical to our students' and our community's success. As your School Director, I am working hard to ensure our schools continue to provide an exceptional education for all children. I believe leadership begins by putting students at the center of every decision while paying close attention to the financial impact on our schools and community. As a Board member, I believe in asking critical questions and carefully considering all recommendations to understand how they will affect our children's and our community's future.

We are preparing our children now to succeed in a world filled with new opportunities and unexpected challenges. We need to make certain our students have a well-rounded education with critical thinking and problem solving skills. They must adapt quickly to meet the demand for newly created jobs and skills as our economy and technology continue to shift. My decisions will focus on our children's education and future, but be aligned with state and local budget constraints. I would be honored to continue serving you, our children, and our school staff."

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

What was at stake?

Incumbent Bruce Richards ran for a second term in District 1 against challenger Regina C. Hill. Schulze was appointed to District 4 on May 8, 2013 and sought a full term against challenger Victoria T. Crescenzi. Eric Greene won another term in District 5 without opposition.


The Board of Directors has faced some discord in the past year over the planning of a March retreat and Schulze's appointment. Former board member Christy Cathcart complained to former Superintendent Greg Lynch about the cost, distance and facilitator for a retreat in early March 2013. Cathcart noted that facilitator Karen Simmonds charged the district $1,969.50 for the event while a facilitator from the Washington State School Directors Association would have been available for $900. Greene seconded this criticism during the planning process. These complaints also noted that the event cost $2,600.90 and took place 115 miles away from the district at Pacific Beach.[5]

The appointment of Schulze in May 2013 also created tension in the community. Schulze was selected by a 3-1 vote to fill the District 4 seat left by Christy Cathcart. Cathcart voiced opposition to Schulze's appointment after the vote, citing Schulze's defeat in the 2011 general election. The Central Kitsap Education Association (CKEA) also criticized the appointment in part because of a letter written by Schulze that criticized the union's role in the 2011 election. In the letter, Schulze contended that the CKEA skewed endorsement interviews to support Cathcart. Former CKEA president Cheryl Brown is pursuing a civil suit against Schulze for defamation of character related to these claims.[6]

About the district

See also: Central Kitsap School District, Washington
Central Kitsap School District is located in Kitsap County, Washington
Central Kitsap School District in Silverdale is located in Kitsap County along the western banks of the Puget Sound. The population of Silverdale was 19,204 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[7]


Silverdale outpaced state averages for median income and poverty rate while lagging behind higher education achievement. The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Silverdale's median income at $61,834 while the state median income was $58,890. Silverdale had a poverty rate of 7.5% in the 2010 U.S. Census while the state rate was 12.5%. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (30.1%) is below the state average (31.4%).[7]

Racial Demographics, 2012[7]
Race Silverdale(%) Washington (%)
White 75.8 77.3
Black or African American 3.2 3.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.0 1.5
Asian 11.0 7.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.9 0.6
Two or More Races 6.7 4.7
Hispanic or Latino 6.3 11.2

Presidential Voting Pattern[8]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 54.2 42.6
2008 54.9 42.6
2004 51.2 46.9
2000 48.9 45.1

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

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