Bishop earned a Bachelor's degree in Communication and Accounting from Central Washington University in 1989. She has worked as a controller with URS Corporation since 1998. Bishop has been active with the Pioneer Elementary PTA including a stint as treasurer. She has one child who currently attends district schools.
- See also: Auburn School District elections (2013)
Bishop sought election to the board without opposition on November 5, 2013.
|Auburn Board of Directors, Four-year term, District 3, 2013|
|Source: King County Elections, "Results," November 25, 2013|
Bishop reported no contributions or expenditures to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission.
Bishop provided the following statement for the 2013 Local Voters' Pamphlet in King County:
"The current school administration and board has done a great job of implementing Strategic Improvement Plans as can be seen through an increase in test scores through the district. As a mother of an Auburn High School student, and a graduate, I know how important their work is and want to see it continue
My business experience as a Controller for an Engineering Firm, and my education in Accounting, will provide a great background to help me with the tough decisions made by the school board.
In addition to my business experience, I volunteer both within the Auburn School District and the community. I was active in the Pioneer Elementary PTA and served as Treasurer for multiple years. I also have been actively involved in volunteering to support youth sports both inside the schools and out.
Please cast your vote on election day!"
Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.
What was at stake?
Bishop ran without opposition for the District 3 seat currently held by Janice Nelson, who did not file for re-election. Incumbent Lisa Connors won another term on the board in District 4 without opposition.
About the district
- See also: Auburn School District, Washington
Auburn lags behind state averages for higher education achievement, median income and poverty. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (21.9%) surpassed the state average (31.4%). The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Auburn's median income at $56,677 while the state median income was $58,890. Auburn had a poverty rate of 13.6% 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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- King County Elections, "Local Voters' Pamphlet," accessed September 30, 2013
- LinkedIn, "Laurie Bishop, CPA," accessed September 30, 2013
- Washington Public Disclosure Commission, "Local Candidates," accessed December 17, 2013
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Auburn," accessed September 30, 2013
- King County Elections, "Election Archive," accessed September 24, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014