Jim Pegoraro

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Jim Pegoraro
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Battle Ground School District, District 3
Term ends
November 2017
Years in position 2
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
ProfessionPurchasing manager
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Jim Pegoraro currently represents District 3 seat on the Battle Ground School Board in Washington. He defeated fellow challenger Mitchell Taylor on November 5, 2013 for the seat previously occupied by John Idsinga.


Pegoraro currently works as a purchasing manager for a local equipment parts company.[1]He and his wife have five children who have graduated from district schools.[2]


See also:: Battle Ground School District elections (2013)


Pegoraro sought election to the board against fellow challenger Mitchell Taylor on November 5, 2013.


Battle Ground School Board, Four-year term, District 3, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJim Pegoraro 52.4% 5,943
     Nonpartisan Mitchell Taylor 47.6% 5,402
Total Votes 11,345
Source: Clark County Auditor's Office, "November 5, 2013 General Election," November 26, 2013


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

Campaign themes


Pegoraro provided the following statement for the 2013 Local Voters' Pamphlet for Clark County:[2]

"I am seeking election to the Battle Ground School Board for numerous reasons. My wife, our five children and I all graduated from Battle Ground Schools. I would like the opportunity to help with our district, particularly because I have multiple relatives and friends with children in BGSD. I feel strongly that fiscal responsibility is needed within our board, while we work to provide students and teachers with the necessary tools. My main goal is that all students graduate with the skills necessary to become responsible citizens in today's society who will become contributing members of our community."

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

What was at stake?

Incumbent Monty Anderson ran for re-election in District 1. Districts 3 and 5 have new board members as current members John Idsinga and Steve Pagel did not file for re-election. In District 3, newcomers Pegoraro and Mitchell Taylor sought election to the board. Anderson and District 5 candidate Stephanie McClintock did not face opposition on the general election ballot.


Battle Ground School Board members will deal with ongoing concerns about funding as well as a state audit of the board's buyout of former Superintendent Shonny Bria in June 2013. District voters narrowly passed a four-year tax levy to fund instructional programs and maintenance after threats of dissolving the district.[4][5] The Washington State Auditor's Office is currently conducting an investigation into a secret buyout of Bria that was only disclosed after she left office.[6]

About the district

See also: Battle Ground School District, Washington
Battle Ground School District is located in Clark County, Washington
The district is spread across five communities in Clark County including Amboy, Battle Ground, Brush Prairie, Orchards and Yacolt. Clark County is situated along the Columbia River in southwestern Washington, about 25 miles north of Portland, Oregon. Battle Ground's population was 17,671 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[7]


Battle Ground outperforms the rest of Washington based on median income and poverty levels while lagging behind the state average for higher education achievement. The 2010 U.S. Census found the median income in Battle Ground was $59,723 while the state median income was $58,890. The city's poverty rate was 11% compared to the state's 12.5% poverty rate. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (16.6%) was lower than the state average (31.4%).[7]

Racial Demographics, 2012[7]
Race Battle Ground (%) Washington (%)
White 90.5 77.3
Black or African American 0.8 3.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.8 1.5
Asian 1.9 7.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.3 0.6
Two or More Races 3.5 4.7
Hispanic or Latino 6.5 11.2

Presidential Voting Pattern[8]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 57.1 42.1
2008 51.9 46.8
2004 46.7 52.0
2000 45.6 49.6

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[9][10]

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