|Vancouver Board of Directors, Position 3|
|Years in position||5|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|First elected||November 3, 2009|
Gillespie worked for 13 years as a journalist and editor covering education issues in the region. She and her partner, Debbie Epstein, have two children attending district schools.
Gillespie won a second term against challenger Lisa Phifer Ross in the November 5, 2013 general election.
|Vancouver Board of Directors, Position 3, Four-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Kathy Gillespie Incumbent||53%||11,974|
|Nonpartisan||Lisa Phifer Ross||47%||10,622|
|Source: Clark County Auditor's Office, "November 5, 2013 General Election," November 26, 2013|
Gillespie reported no contributions or expenditures to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission.
The Columbian endorsed Gillespie on October 16, 2013.
Gillespie won election to the board by defeating Nelson Holmberg on November 3, 2009.
|Vancouver Board of Directors, Position 3, November 3, 2009|
|Source: Clark County Auditor's Office|
Gillespie provided the following statement for the 2013 Local Voters' Pamphlet in Clark County:
"It is a privilege to serve this community and Vancouver Public Schools as a Board director. I have two children in our schools and am a long-time volunteer. I believe all students can become engaged, life-long learners. My job is to provide the oversight, strategic planning and necessary funding to ensure all students acquire the skills needed for success in career, college and life. I closely monitor progress relative to our strategic goals through system-wide data analysis and am proud that graduation and student achievement rates have risen. With your vote, I will continue to advocate for all students."
Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.
What was at stake?
About the district
- See also: Vancouver Public Schools, Washington
Vancouver lags behind the rest of Washington based on median income, poverty levels and higher education achievement. The 2010 U.S. Census found the median income in Vancouver was $50,387 while the state median income was $58,890. The city's poverty rate was 15.5% compared to the state's 12.5% poverty rate. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (23.5%) 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.
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- Vancouver School District, "Kathy Gillespie," accessed September 23, 2013
- Washington Public Disclosure Commission, "Local Candidates," accessed December 17, 2013
- The Columbian, "In Our View: Endorsement Roundup," October 16, 2013
- Clark County Auditor, "Local Voters' Pamphlet," accessed September 23, 2013
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Vancouver," accessed September 20, 2013
- Clark County Auditor's Office, "Election Results," September 20, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014