|Vancouver Board of Directors, Position 2|
|Years in position||7|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|High school||Fort Vancouver High School|
|Bachelor's||University of Washington|
|J.D.||Lewis and Clark Law School|
Stoker earned a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Washington in 1981. He later received a J.D. from Lewis and Clark Law School in 1984. Stoker practices real estate law at Heurlin, Potter, Jahn, Leatham, Holtmann & Stoker, P.S. He and his wife, Cynthia, have three children who graduated from district schools.
Stoker sought a second full term on the board without opposition in the November 5, 2013 general election.
|Vancouver Board of Directors, Position 2, Four-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Mark Stoker Incumbent||100%||19,226|
|Source: Clark County Auditor's Office, "November 5, 2013 General Election," November 26, 2013|
Stoker reported no contributions or expenditures to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission.
Stoker won his first full term on the board by defeating challenger Chris Peppers on November 3, 2009.
|Vancouver Board of Directors, Position 2, November 3, 2009|
|Nonpartisan||Mark Stoker Incumbent||74.3%||18,248|
|Source: Clark County Auditor's Office|
Stoker provided the following statement for the 2013 Local Voters' Pamphlet in Clark County:
"We have 54% free and reduced lunch in our Vancouver School District student population. We also have tremendous mobility in our high poverty schools. This is a toxic combination that greatly impacts student achievement, yet, our district works hard to give each of our students a world class, 21st Century education. I am grateful for the support our community gives our schools and I intend to see that the next 4 years bring even greater results in student achievement. We have exciting times ahead as we bring technology to the forefront of teaching and learning. Thank you for your support."
Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.
What was at stake?
About the district
- See also: Vancouver Public Schools, Washington
Vancouver lags behind the rest of Washington based on median income, poverty levels and higher education achievement. The 2010 U.S. Census found the median income in Vancouver was $50,387 while the state median income was $58,890. The city's poverty rate was 15.5% compared to the state's 12.5% poverty rate. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (23.5%) was lower than the state average (31.4%).
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.
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- Vancouver School District elections (2013)
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- Committee to Retain Mark Stoker, "About Mark," accessed September 23, 2013
- Washington Public Disclosure Commission, "Local Candidates," accessed December 17, 2013
- Clark County Auditor, "Local Voters' Pamphlet," accessed September 23, 2013
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Vancouver," accessed September 20, 2013
- Clark County Auditor's Office, "Election Results," September 20, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014