Maya Vengadasalam

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Maya Vengadasalam
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Kent School Board, District 5
Term ends
November 2017
Years in position 1
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sFlorida Atlantic University
ProfessionBusiness consultant
Campaign website
Maya Vengadasalam campaign logo
Maya Vengadasalam represents District 5 on the Kent School Board in Washington. She defeated Bruce Elliott in the November 5, 2013 election to replace Tim Clark. Vengadasalam campaigned to strengthen community partnerships with the district and increase awareness of school board activities.


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.[1]



See also: Kent School District elections (2013)


Vengadasalam placed second in the August 6, 2013 primary for the District 5 seat. She defeated Bruce Elliott in the November 5, 2013 general election.[2]

Election results

General election
Kent School Board, General, District 5, Four-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMaya Vengadasalam 52.2% 13,967
     Nonpartisan Bruce Elliott 47.5% 12,717
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.4% 95
Total Votes 26,779
Source: King County Elections, "Results," November 25, 2013
Kent School Board, Primary, District 5, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBruce Elliott 44.1% 7,506
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMaya Vengadasalam 32.5% 5,534
     Nonpartisan Carmen Goers 23.3% 3,970
Total Votes 17,010
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.[3]


Vengadasalam's campaign website listed the following endorsements:[4]

  • Steve Bergquist
  • Bill Boyce
  • Tim Clark
  • Kent/Washington Education Association
  • National Women's Political Caucus of Washington
  • 47th District Democrats

Campaign themes


Vengadasalam provided a list of campaign themes for the King County Local Voters' Pamphlet:[1]

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."

Strengthen communication

"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 School District is located in King County, Washington
Kent School District is located in the City of Kent in King County, Washington. The population of Kent was 118,588 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[5]


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%.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2012[5]
Race Kent (%) Washington (%)
White 55.5 77.3
Black or African American 11.3 3.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.0 1.5
Asian 15.2 7.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 1.9 0.6
Two or More Races 6.5 4.7
Hispanic or Latino 16.6 11.2

Presidential Voting Pattern[6]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 68.7 28.3
2008 70.0 28.0
2004 65.0 33.7
2000 60.0 34.4

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.[7]

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