Lloyd Becker

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Lloyd Becker
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Richland School Board, Seat 2
Former candidate
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sColorado Technical University
Associate'sColumbia Basin College
Master'sColorado Technical University
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Army
Years of service1968-1988
Personal
ProfessionBusiness owner
Lloyd Becker was a candidate for Seat 2 on the Richland School Board in Washington. He was defeated by incumbent Rick Jansons on November 5, 2013.

Biography

Becker earned an Associate's degree in Liberal Arts from Columbia Basin College in 1993. He later earned a B.S.B.A. in Healthcare Management and a M.B.A. from Colorado Technical University. Becker has worked as a truck driver and secretary before establishing Healthcare Matrix, a firm that consults with hospitals and trucking companies on biological, chemical and nuclear safety.[1] He retired from the U.S. Army as a Staff Sergeant in 1988 after 20 years of service.[2]

Elections

2013

See also: Richland School District elections (2013)

Opposition

Becker sought election to Seat 2 on the board against incumbent Rick Jansons on November 5, 2013.

Results

Richland School Board, Four-year term, Seat 2, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRick Jansons Incumbent 74.4% 11,231
     Nonpartisan Lloyd Becker 25.6% 3,861
Total Votes 15,092
Source: Benton County Auditor, "Election Results," November 26, 2013

Funding

Becker reported no contributions or expenditures to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission.[3]

Campaign themes

2013

Becker provided the following statement for the 2013 Local Voters' Pamphlet in Benton County:[2]

"I am running as a candidate for Director Position #2 of the Richland School Board. While it is important, a school board director needs to be mindful of the needs of the school district, the director also needs to be mindful of the taxpayer who elects them to serve.

Serving the Richland School District is a responsibility that should not be taken lightly. Being a school board director is a manager who must operate in that capacity. This capacity says a manager must think ahead and ensures the school district is being run properly at all times.

The school board director is a steward of the taxpayers' property. When the schools and school district property needs repairing, or replacing, a school bond may become necessary and when bond measures are being considered, taxpayers need to be involved.

This is why I subscribe to the open meetings law and the school districts' financial ledger is open to the voter/taxpayer without cost, to see how much is owed and how much the new bond will increase the debt. Every dollar received by the school district are public dollars; no matter where the money comes from."

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


What was at stake?

Heather Cleary sought a third term in Seat 1 against challenger Ron Higgins. Rick Jansons ran for a fourth term on the board from Seat 2 against Becker.

Issues

A major issue in the primary election for Seat 1 was the implementation of Common Core Curriculum standards in district schools. Higgins actively opposed Common Core implementation ahead of the August 6 primary. Another issue facing the district is growing enrollment in schools and related stresses on the budget.[4] In early August 2013, current members of the board cited the introduction of impact fees and the expansion of all-day kindergarten as priorities for the 2013-2014 school year.[5]

About the district

See also: Richland School District, Washington
Richland School District is located in Benton County, Washington
The City of Richland is located in Benton County in south-central Washington. The county is surrounded by tributaries of the Columbia River with the Yakima and Columbia Rivers connecting in Richland. The population of Richland was 48,109 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[6]

Demographics

Richland outperforms state averages for median income, higher education achievement and poverty rate. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (41.0%) is above the state average (31.4%). The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Richland's median income at $67,666 while the state median income was $58,890. Richland had a poverty rate of 8.4% in the 2010 U.S. Census while the state rate was 12.5%.[6]

Racial Demographics, 2012[6]
Race Richland (%) Washington (%)
White 87.0 77.3
Black or African American 1.4 3.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.8 1.5
Asian 4.7 7.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.6
Two or More Races 3.2 4.7
Hispanic or Latino 7.8 11.2

Presidential Voting Pattern[7]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 35.4 62.2
2008 36.1 62.2
2004 - -
2000 - -


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.[8]

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