Kenneth Lance Barton

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Kenneth Lance Barton
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Former candidate for
Federal Way Board of Education, District 4
Elections and appointments
Last electionAugust 6, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of New Haven
Master'sUniversity of New Haven
ProfessionProject manager
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Kenneth Lance Barton was a candidate for the District 4 seat on the Federal Way Board of Directors. He was defeated in the August 6, 2013 primary by Carol Gregory and Medgar Wells.


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.[1]



See also: Federal Way Public Schools elections (2013)

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.[2]

Federal Way Board of Directors, Primary, District 4, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngCarol Gregory 44.2% 5,981
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMedgar Wells 38.3% 5,181
     Nonpartisan Kenneth Lance Barton 17.6% 2,381
Total Votes 13,543
Source: King County Elections

Campaign themes


Barton provided the following statement of principles in the local voters' pamphlet published by King County for the primary:[1]

"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.[3] 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.[4]

About the district

See also: Federal Way Public Schools, Washington
Federal Way Public Schools is located in King County, Washington
Federal Way Public Schools is located in the City of Federal Way in King County, Washington. The population of Federal Way was 89,306 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[5]


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%.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2012[5]
Race Federal Way (%) Washington (%)
White 57.5 77.3
Black or African American 9.7 3.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.9 1.5
Asian 14.2 7.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 2.7 0.6
Two or More Races 6.6 4.7
Hispanic or Latino 16.2 11.2

Presidential Voting Pattern[6]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 68.7 28.3
2008 70.0 28.0
2004 65.0 33.7
2000 60.0 34.4

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[7][8]

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