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.
Yang and Karen Edwards sought the Position 4 seat on November 5, 2013.
|Puyallup School Board, Four-year term, Position 4, 2013|
|Source: Pierce County Elections, "November 5, 2013 General Election," November 25, 2013|
|Puyallup School Board, Position 4, August 6 Primary, 2013|
|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.
Yang provided the following statement for the 2013 Local Voters' Pamphlet published by Pierce County:
"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.
About the district
- See also: Puyallup School District, Washington
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%.
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 100.0%. Each column will add up to 100.0% after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.
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- Washington school districts
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- Puyallup School District elections (2013)
- Pierce County Elections, "Local Voters' Pamphlet," accessed August 15, 2013
- Pierce County Elections, "August 6, 2013 Primary Election Results," accessed August 15, 2013
- Washington Public Disclosure Commission, "Local Candidates," accessed December 17, 2013
- Pierce County Elections, "Current Election," accessed September 20, 2013
- The News Tribune, "3 moms want seat on Puyallup School Board," July 23, 2013
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Puyallup," accessed August 14, 2013
- Pierce County Elections, "Archived Elections," accessed August 5, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014