|Kent School Board, District 5|
|Years in position||1|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|First elected||November 5, 2013|
|Bachelor's||Florida Atlantic University|
Vengadasalm earned a B.B.A. in Accounting from Florida Atlantic University. She has worked as an accountant as well as a manager at the American Cultural Exchange. Vengadasalam is the founder of DeviMedia, which provides marketing and telecommunications consultants to non-profit organizations. She and her husband have one child who attended district schools.
- See also: Kent School District elections (2013)
|Kent School Board, General, District 5, Four-year term, 2013|
|Source: King County Elections, "Results," November 25, 2013|
|Kent School Board, Primary, District 5, 2013|
|Source: King County Elections, "August 6, 2013 Primary Election," August 20, 2013|
Vengadasalam reported $10,855.89 in contributions and $10,140.80 in expenditures to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission, which left her campaign with $715.09 on hand.
Vengadasalam's campaign website listed the following endorsements:
- Steve Bergquist
- Bill Boyce
- Tim Clark
- Kent/Washington Education Association
- National Women's Political Caucus of Washington
- 47th District Democrats
Vengadasalam provided a list of campaign themes for the King County Local Voters' Pamphlet:
Increase academic excellence
"All students deserve access to a rigorous, quality education and the skills to qualify for our local jobs. Students/families must understand opportunities available at each school to ensure students are college-ready or job-ready upon graduation."
"We must do everything possible to raise awareness of school policies and procedures, and use all available tools to ensure families stay informed of events affecting their student(s)."
Encourage community and business partnerships
"As an active community/school volunteer (10+ years), an engaged parent, and a former business executive, I understand the importance of supporting our kids reaching full potential and our educators gaining access to resources to meet their challenges and objectives."
Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.
What was at stake?
Agda Burchard ran unopposed for the District 4 seat. She was appointed to the office in 2012 and sought her first full term in office. Vengadasalam and Bruce Elliott sought the District 5 seat currently held by Tim Clark. Clark did not file for re-election because he is running to be the Mayor of Kent.
About the district
- See also: Kent School District, Washington
Kent lagged behind state averages for higher education achievement and median income while lagging behind in poverty levels. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (25.3%) fell below the state average (31.4%). The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Kent's median income at $58,622 while the state median income was $58,890. Kent had a poverty rate of 15.6% 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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- Maya Vengadasalam for Kent School Board, "About Maya," accessed August 9, 2013
- King County Elections, "August 2013 Primary Election Results," accessed August 9, 2013
- Washington Public Disclosure Commission, "Local Candidates," accessed December 17, 2013
- Maya Vengadasalam for Kent School Board, "Endorsements," accessed August 9, 2013
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Kent," accessed August 1, 2013
- King County Elections, "Election Archive," accessed August 9, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014