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. He retired from the U.S. Army as a Staff Sergeant in 1988 after 20 years of service.
Becker sought election to Seat 2 on the board against incumbent Rick Jansons on November 5, 2013.
|Richland School Board, Four-year term, Seat 2, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Rick Jansons Incumbent||74.4%||11,231|
|Source: Benton County Auditor, "Election Results," November 26, 2013|
Becker reported no contributions or expenditures to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission.
Becker provided the following statement for the 2013 Local Voters' Pamphlet in Benton County:
"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?
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. 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.
About the district
- See also: Richland School District, Washington
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%.
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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- LinkedIn, "Lloyd Becker," accessed August 7, 2013
- Benton County Auditor, "2013 Local Voters' Pamphlet," accessed September 23, 2013
- Washington Public Disclosure Commission, "Local Candidates," accessed December 17, 2013
- Tri-City Herald, "Richland School Board candidates debate value of Common Core State Standards," July 18, 2013
- Tri-City Herald, "Richland School Board lists impact fees, all-day kindergarten as top priorities," August 12, 2013
- 2010 U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Richland," accessed August 7, 2013
- Benton County Elections, "Archived Election Results," accessed August 7, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014