|Battle Ground School District, District 3|
|Years in position||2|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|First elected||November 5, 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|
|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.
Pegoraro provided the following statement for the 2013 Local Voters' Pamphlet for Clark County:
"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. 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.
About the district
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%).
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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- The Columbian, "2 vie for Battle Ground schools seat," October 11, 2013
- Clark County Auditor's Office, "Local Voters' Pamphlet," accessed September 20, 2013
- Washington Public Disclosure Commission, "Local Candidates," accessed December 17, 2013
- OregonLive, "Battle Ground school district could be shut down if future levies fail," March 24, 2013
- The Reflector, " Battle Ground School District levy passes," April 23, 2013
- The Columbian, "Battle Ground school district may have violated state law," July 11, 2013
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Battle Ground," accessed July 31, 2013
- Clark County Auditor's Office, "Election Results," accessed July 31, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014