LaCrese Green

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LaCrese Green
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Former candidate for
Seattle Public Schools, District 5
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Campaign website
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LaCrese Green was a candidate in District 5 of the Seattle Public Schools Board of Directors in Washington. She lost to fellow challenger Stephan Blanford on November 5, 2013. Green campaigned for greater investment in math books, fiscal responsibility and decreased emphasis on standardized tests.


Green has been a resident of Seattle for 39 years. She has worked as a tutor for Ethiopian students in the district for the past 15 years.[1]



See also: Seattle Public Schools elections (2013)


Green faced Stephan Blanford on November 5, 2013.

Election results

General election

Green was defeated by Blanford for the District 5 seat on the Seattle Public Schools Board of Directors.

Seattle Public Schools Board of Directors, General election, District 5, Four-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngStephan Blanford 88.8% 144,320
     Nonpartisan LaCrese Green 10.6% 17,286
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.5% 852
Total Votes 162,458
Source: King County Elections, "Certified Results," November 25, 2013

Green finished second in the District 5 primary on August 6, 2013. She faced fellow challenger Stephan Blanford in the November 5, 2013 general election.[2]

Seattle Board of Directors, Primary, District 5, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngStephan Blanford 79.3% 8,574
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLaCrese Green 13.1% 1,415
     Nonpartisan Olu Thomas 7.6% 827
Total Votes 10,816
Source: King County Elections, "August 6, 2013 primary election results," August 20, 2013


Green reported $1,670.81 in contributions and $1,533.58 in expenditures to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission, which left her campaign with $137.23 on hand.[3]

Campaign themes


Green's campaign website summarized her campaign themes in the following paragraph:[1]

"I am for adopting better math books and for preserving diverse programs like the American Indian Heritage High School and the African American Academy. I feel that the WASL did not accurately represent the true measure of a student’s ability. (I went to Olympia for five years to petition legislators to stop funding and supporting the WASL.) I have been concerned with the District mishandling funds. A recent audit showed continuing problems with finances. If elected, I will daylight issues and not let them drag on for years."

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

What was at stake?

Incumbent Betty Patu sought re-election without opposition in District 7. Districts 4 and 5 have new members as incumbents Michael DeBell and Kay Smith-Blum did not file for re-election. Both districts held primaries on August 6, 2013 with the top two candidates in each district moving to the general election that was held on November 5, 2013.


District issues

The Seattle Public Schools Board of Directors confront strained resources and legal cases stemming from past abuses of students. The district experienced a 9.5% increase in enrollment between 2008 and 2012.[4] This enrollment increase coincides with declining money from the federal stimulus program as well as cuts to support services in recent budgets.[5] These issues played into disagreements between the district and the Seattle Education Association (SEA) over a new contract for teachers. On September 3, teachers voted to approve a two-year contract that increased pay by 2% and included test scores in teacher evaluations.[6]

Another area of concern for the district is a series of lawsuits brought by six former and current students seeking damages totaling $29 million. These damages are related to instances of sexual abuse by former teacher Phil McGee as well as an incident where a student was convicted of sexual assault against another student.[7]

Views on homosexuality

A letter sent by Green to former Seattle Councilwoman Cheryl Chow in October 2012 was released to The Seattle Times prior to the August primary. Green's letter expressed dismay at Chow's decision to announce that she was a lesbian prior to her death from lymphoma. Green responded to the publication of the letter by confirming that she believes homosexuality is a sin but that the letter was not intended for a public audience.[8]

About the district

See also: Seattle Public Schools, Washington
Seattle Public Schools is located in King County, Washington
Seattle Public Schools is located in the City of Seattle in King County, Washington. The population of Seattle was 608,660 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[9]


Seattle outperforms state averages for higher education achievement and median income while lagging behind in poverty levels. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (55.8%) exceeds the state average (31.4%). The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Seattle's median income at $61,856 while the state median income was $58,890. Seattle had a poverty rate of 13.2% in the 2010 U.S. Census while the state rate was 12.5%.[9]

Racial Demographics, 2012[9]
Race Seattle (%) Washington (%)
White 69.5 77.3
Black or African American 7.9 3.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.8 1.5
Asian 13.8 7.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.4 0.6
Two or More Races 5.1 4.7
Hispanic or Latino 6.6 11.2

Presidential Voting Pattern[10]
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, 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.[11] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

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