Kenneth Lance Barton
Barton earned a B.S. in Management Information Systems and M.B.A. from the University of New Haven. He has worked as a cowboy as well as a developer on the F-117 fighter project. Barton is currently a Project Manager at Boeing.
Barton placed third in the August 6, 2013 primary for the District 4 seat on the Federal Way Board of Directors. He failed to advance to the November 6, 2013 election.
|Federal Way Board of Directors, Primary, District 4, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Kenneth Lance Barton||17.6%||2,381|
|Source: King County Elections|
Barton provided the following statement of principles in the local voters' pamphlet published by King County for the primary:
"In my first job I was a cowboy in eastern Washington, and I once was in charge of the Weapons Control Systems for the F117 stealth fighter, but my favorite job ever is raising my 12-year-old eighth-grader to be a mighty man of God. I have worked half-way around the world and back, and it is good to be home. My family and I attend Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Des Moines. I submit to you a leader who knows the true meaning of grace, and I would be honored to have your vote."
What's at stake?
Ed Barney is seeking a fourth term in the District 1 seat against challenger Geoffery Z. McAnalloy. Newcomers Carol Gregory and Medgar Wells are running for the District 4 seat currently held by Angela Griffin, who did not file for election.
The Board of Education is facing increased scrutiny from local residents over travel spending and the recent removal of Tony Moore from the board presidency. At a board meeting on October 15, parents confronted the board over $60,000 in travel expenses accrued as part of the district's participation in the Global Partnership for Education. Board members argued that trips to Europe and Asia were necessary to study international education while critics argued that the money could have been used for classroom resources.
The board voted 3-2 at the October 15 meeting to remove Moore as president after his arrest in September for felony theft. Moore was indicted by an Oregon jury on August 23 on charges that he conspired to steal $150,000 worth of commercial tires for his salvage business.
About the district
- See also: Federal Way Public Schools, Washington
Federal Way lagged behind state averages for higher education achievement, median income and poverty. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (25.4%) fell below the state average (31.4%). The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Federal Way's median income at $55,846 while the state median income was $58,890. Federal Way had a poverty rate of 15.4% 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, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.
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- King County Elections, "Local Voters' Pamphlet," accessed August 12, 2013
- King County Elections, "August 6, 2013 Primary Results," accessed August 12, 2013
- Seattle Times, " Federal Way School Board president steps down," October 16, 2013
- Seattle Times, "Federal Way School Board president indicted in alleged tire-theft scheme," September 24, 2013
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Federal Way," accessed August 9, 2013
- King County Elections, "Election Archive," accessed August 9, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014