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Margie Silver

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Margie Silver
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Former candidate for
Puyallup School Board, Position 4
Elections and appointments
Last electionAugust 6, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sMichigan State University
Master'sUniversity of Chicago
Ph.D.University of Illinois
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Margie Silver was a candidate for the Position 4 seat on the Puyallup School Board in Washington. She lost in the August 6, 2013 primary against Kathy Yang and Karen Edwards. Silver advocated for greater use of volunteers in district activities, higher graduation rates and promote college credits among upperclassmen in district high schools.


Silver earned a B.S. in Microbiology from Michigan State University. She later earned an M.S. in Pharmacology and Physiology from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Illinois. Silver is currently a neuroscientist specializing in learning and memory with McCartney and Associates. She and her husband, Ross, have two children who graduated from district schools[1]



See also: Puyallup School District elections (2013)

Silver placed third in the August 6, 2013 against Kathy Yang and Karen Edwards for the Position 4 seat. She failed to advance to the November 5, 2013 general election.[2]

Puyallup School Board, Position 4, August 6 Primary, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKathy Yang 47.5% 5,622
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKaren Edwards 37.4% 4,424
     Nonpartisan Margie Silver 15.1% 1,792
Total Votes 11,838
Source: Pierce County Elections


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

Campaign themes


Silver provided the following statement for the Local Voters' Pamphlet published by Pierce County:[4]

"I've been fortunate to work with all class levels and in all of the Puyallup schools, employed as a health and reading screener and as a volunteer, to see what tools would work to help all our children reach their full potential. For example, we need to tap into the vast potential volunteer pool that has not been accessed, improve our graduation rate by reaching out to disenfranchised students, revamp the Culminating Project process to become more useful, and encourage high school students to obtain college credit."

What's at stake?

Incumbent Pat Donovan is running for a second full term in Position 1 against Noreen Wolfe. The Position 4 race includes Kathy Yang and Karen Edwards, who advanced from the August 6th primary against third-place finisher Silver.


The district cut overall expenditures by $1.7 million from 2011 to 2012 while enrollment only decreased by 0.5% in those years. In the District 4 primary, Yang, Edwards and Silver discussed the need for additional funding to anticipate enrollment growth. In February 2013, voters in Puyallup School District failed to pass the 60% threshold for a new bond worth $279.6 million.[5]

About the district

See also: Puyallup School District, Washington
Puyallup School District is located in Pierce County, Washington
The City of Puyallup is located in Pierce County in northwestern Washington. The population of Puyallup was 37,022 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[6]


Puyallup lags behind the state averages for higher education achievement while outperforming averages for median income and poverty rate. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (22.4%) is below the state average (31.4%). The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Puyallup's median income at $61,099 while the state median income was $58,890. Puyallup had a poverty rate of 9.1% in the 2010 U.S. Census while the state rate was 12.5%.[6]

Racial Demographics, 2012[6]
Race Puyallup (%) Washington (%)
White 84.4 77.3
Black or African American 2.1 3.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.4 1.5
Asian 3.8 7.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.7 0.6
Two or More Races 5.5 4.7
Hispanic or Latino 6.9 11.2

Presidential Voting Pattern[7]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 54.4 43.3
2008 54.9 42.8
2004 50.4 48.0
2000 51.4 44.0

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.[8] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

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