|Mukilteo Board of Directors, District 5|
|Years in position||3|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|Appointed||October 6, 2011|
|Master's||University of California-Los Angeles|
Gahagan earned a B.A. in Economics from Georgetown University in 1977. He later earned a M.A. in Economics from the University of California-Los Angeles in 1981. Gahagan worked for 30 years with Verizon Communications before retiring as a marketing manager in 2010. He is currently an economics instructor at Shoreline Community College and self-employed voice actor. Gahagan has two children who have attended district schools.
Gahagan sought his first full term on the board without opposition in the November 5, 2013 election.
|Mukilteo Board of Directors, Four-year term, District 5, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||John Gahagan Incumbent||98.3%||13,187|
|Source: Snohomish County Auditor, "Snohomish County General Election Results," November 25, 2013|
Gahagan reported no contributions or expenditures to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission.
What was at stake?
In 2013, the district rejected $1.6 million in state funding for all-day kindergarten due to limited classroom space. The Washington State Legislature allotted $90 million to fund all-day kindergarten classes throughout the state. Mukilteo School District could have facilitated kindergarten courses for 653 students if the funding was approved. District schools have witnessed a 3.6% increases in enrollment since 2008 and voters turned down construction bonds in 2006 and 2008 that would have expanded capacity. The number of all-day kindergartens in Mukilteo has been cut from nine to three in recent years and the Board of Directors would need to approve a construction bond to reverse this trend.
About the district
- See also: Mukilteo School District, Washington
Mukilteo outperforms state averages for higher education achievement, median income and poverty rate. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (47.8%) is ahead of the state average (31.4%). The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Mukilteo's median income at $93,120 while the state median income was $58,890. Mukilteo had a poverty rate of 6.3% in the 2010 U.S. Census while the state rate was 12.5%.
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.
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- Mukilteo School District, "Board of Directors," accessed September 26, 2013
- LinkedIn, "John Gahagan," accessed September 26, 2013
- Washington Public Disclosure Commission, "Local Candidates," accessed December 17, 2013
- Q13 Fox, "Mukilteo schools turn down state funding for all-day kindergarten," August 6, 2013
- 2010 U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Mukilteo," accessed September 26, 2013
- Snohomish County Auditor, "Past Election Results," accessed September 26, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014