Kathy Yang

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Kathy Yang
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Puyallup School Board, Position 4
Term ends
November 2017
Years in position 2
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sNorthwestern University
J.D.University of Washington
ProfessionAssistant operations manager
Kathy Yang currently represents Position 4 on the Puyallup School Board in Washington. She was first elected to the board in 2013.


Yang earned a B.A. in English from Northwestern University. She later earned a J.D. and L.L.M. in Taxation from the University of Washington. Yang has worked with the Washington State Attorney General's Office and as a civil litigation attorney. She is currently employed as the Assistant Operations Manager for Dreamline Construction LLC. Yang and her husband, Anthony Kim, have two children attending district schools.[1]



See also: Puyallup School District elections (2013)


Yang and Karen Edwards sought the Position 4 seat on November 5, 2013.


General election
Puyallup School Board, Four-year term, Position 4, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKathy Yang 50.9% 11,988
     Nonpartisan Karen Edwards 48.5% 11,421
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.6% 137
Total Votes 23,546
Source: Pierce County Elections, "November 5, 2013 General Election," November 25, 2013

Yang won the August 6, 2013 primary for the board's Position 4 seat. Yang and Karen Edwards advanced to the general election on November 5, 2013.[2]

Puyallup School Board, Position 4, August 6 Primary, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKathy Yang 47.5% 5,622
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKaren Edwards 37.4% 4,424
     Nonpartisan Margie Silver 15.1% 1,792
Total Votes 11,838
Source: Pierce County Elections, "August 6, 2013 Primary," August 20, 2013


Yang reported $6,281.74 in contributions and $6,069.08 in expenditures to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission, which left her campaign with $212.66 on hand.[3]

Campaign themes


Yang provided the following statement for the 2013 Local Voters' Pamphlet published by Pierce County:[4]

"Setting high expectations for all kids is important, but strong schools are about more than just test scores. As a committed classroom volunteer and with my own two children, I know that one size doesn't fit all. My goal is simple: that all Puyallup students reach their full potential according to their interests and abilities

On the school board, I'll be an independent voice for our children. I will support and respect teachers as professionals and ensure our limited tax dollars are invested where it matters most -- in the classroom. Families should be engaged. Learning should be personalized. Students should be safe. Achievement should be high.

Here in Puyallup, we have schools we can be proud of. My husband, Anthony Kim, and I moved to this community fourteen years ago and set down roots firmly believing that strong schools are the foundation of strong communities. We are proud to send our kids, Jordan and Jonas, to Puyallup schools. and we are proud to live in this community.

Let's work together toward safer schools, smarter kids, and a stronger community. Thank you for your consideration, and I ask for your support."

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

What was at stake?

Incumbent Pat Donovan won a second full term in Position 1 against challenger Noreen Wolfe. The Position 4 race included Yang and Karen Edwards, who advanced from the August 6th primary against third-place finisher Margie Silver.


The district cut overall expenditures by $1.7 million from 2011 to 2012 while enrollment only decreased by 0.5% in those years. In the District 4 primary, Yang, Edwards and Silver discussed the need for additional funding to anticipate enrollment growth. In February 2013, voters in Puyallup School District failed to pass the 60% threshold for a new bond worth $279.6 million.[5]

About the district

See also: Puyallup School District, Washington
Puyallup School District is located in Pierce County, Washington
The City of Puyallup is located in Pierce County in northwestern Washington. The population of Puyallup was 37,022 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[6]


Puyallup lags behind the state averages for higher education achievement while outperforming averages for median income and poverty rate. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (22.4%) is below the state average (31.4%). The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Puyallup's median income at $61,099 while the state median income was $58,890. Puyallup had a poverty rate of 9.1% in the 2010 U.S. Census while the state rate was 12.5%.[6]

Racial Demographics, 2012[6]
Race Puyallup (%) Washington (%)
White 84.4 77.3
Black or African American 2.1 3.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.4 1.5
Asian 3.8 7.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.7 0.6
Two or More Races 5.5 4.7
Hispanic or Latino 6.9 11.2

Presidential Voting Pattern[7]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 54.4 43.3
2008 54.9 42.8
2004 50.4 48.0
2000 51.4 44.0

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.[8]

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