Jimmie D. Chastain

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Jimmie D. Chastain
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Former candidate for
Richland School Board, Seat 1
Elections and appointments
Last electionAugust 6, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sPortland State University
Personal
ProfessionTechnical trainer
Jimmie D. Chastain was a candidate for Seat 1 on the Richland School Board. He lost the August 6, 2013 primary against incumbent Heather Cleary and fellow challenger Ron Higgins.

Biography

Chastain earned a B.S. in Philosophy and Ethics from Portland State University. He has worked as a carpenter, delivery driver and call center supervisor. Chastain is currently a technical trainer at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.[1]

Elections

2013

See also: Richland School District elections (2013)

Chastain finished third and failed to advance beyond the August 6, 2013 primary against Heather Cleary and Ron Higgins.[2]

Richland School Board, Primary, Seat 1, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngHeather Cleary Incumbent 55.4% 4,355
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRon Higgins 34.9% 2,741
     Nonpartisan Jimmie D. Chastain 9.7% 765
Total Votes 7,861
Source: Benton County Auditor

Campaign themes

2013

Chastain explained his campaign themes in the Benton County voter pamphlet:[1]

"We must open minds even if that means reading words written by those we cannot agree with because we must show our children WHY we believe as we do rather than expecting them to parrot us without question. We should pay equal attention to the Arts, Ethics, Humanities, Languages, and Literature as we pay to regaining our passions and prominence in Mathematics and Sciences. We must both advocate for new methods of education AND continue to nurture the facilities and people we already have."

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


What's at stake?

Heather Cleary is seeking a third term on the Richland School Board in Seat 1 against challenger Ron Higgins. Rick Jansons is running for a fourth term on the board from Seat 2 against Lloyd Becker in the general election.

Issues

A major issue in the primary election for Seat 1 was the implementation of Common Core Curriculum standards in district schools. Higgins actively opposed Common Core implementation ahead of the August 6 primary. Another issue facing the district is growing enrollment in schools and related stresses on the budget.[3] In early August 2013, current members of the board cited the introduction of impact fees and the expansion of all-day kindergarten as priorities for the 2013-2014 school year.[4]

About the district

See also: Richland School District, Washington
Richland School District is located in Benton County, Washington
The City of Richland is located in Benton County in south-central Washington. The county is surrounded by tributaries of the Columbia River with the Yakima and Columbia Rivers connecting in Richland. The population of Richland was 48,109 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[5]

Demographics

Richland outperforms state averages for median income, higher education achievement and poverty rate. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (41.0%) is above the state average (31.4%). The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Richland's median income at $67,666 while the state median income was $58,890. Richland had a poverty rate of 8.4% in the 2010 U.S. Census while the state rate was 12.5%.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2012[5]
Race Richland (%) Washington (%)
White 87.0 77.3
Black or African American 1.4 3.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.8 1.5
Asian 4.7 7.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.6
Two or More Races 3.2 4.7
Hispanic or Latino 7.8 11.2

Presidential Voting Pattern[6]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 35.4 62.2
2008 36.1 62.2
2004 - -
2000 - -


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.[7]

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