Medgar Wells

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Medgar Wells
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Federal Way Board of Education, District 4
Former candidate
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sAlcorn State University
Master'sCity University
Medgar Wells was a candidate for the District 4 seat on the Federal Way Board of Education in Washington. He lost to fellow challenger Carol Gregory in the November 5, 2013 general election. Wells campaigned to improve community engagement and increase graduation rates.


Wells earned a B.S. from Alcorn State University and an M.Ed. from City University. He is currently a doctoral student at Seattle University. Wells is the principal at Overcomer Academy at Overcomer Covenant Church in Auburn, Washington.[1]



See also: Federal Way Public Schools elections (2013)


Wells ran against fellow challenger Carol Gregory for the District 4 seats on November 5, 2013.


General election
Federal Way Board of Directors, District 4, Four-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngCarol Gregory 52.5% 10,812
     Nonpartisan Medgar Wells 47.1% 9,703
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.5% 96
Total Votes 20,611
Source: King County Elections, "Results," November 25, 2013

Wells placed second in the August 6, 2013 primary for the District 4 seat on the board. He will face fellow challenger Carol Gregory in the November 5, 2013 general election.[2]

Federal Way Board of Directors, Primary, District 4, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngCarol Gregory 44.2% 5,981
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMedgar Wells 38.3% 5,181
     Nonpartisan Kenneth Lance Barton 17.6% 2,381
Total Votes 13,543
Source: King County Elections


Wells reported $1,145.00 in contributions and $206.89 in expenditures to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission, which left his campaign with $938.11 on hand.[3]


Wells received the following endorsements in 2013:[1]

Campaign themes


Wells provided the following statement of principles in the 2013 Local Voters' Pamphlet published by King County for the general election:[1]

"The children of Federal Way are our most valuable asset therefore I am committed to holding our district accountable to improving every student’s academic performance. We must increase our graduation rates by diligently teaching the skills necessary for career and college while improving parental engagement. My goals include increasing the use of technology within our classrooms, improving school safety and refining our current grading system.

I have served in public schools as an elementary and middle school teacher, high school assistant principal and assistant superintendent. In 2004 I was recognized by OSPI for closing the achievement gap while principal. I have learned that improving student achievement requires accountability, fiscal responsibility, and a sincere belief that every child is capable of achieving success.

I’m passionate about education, which is why in my personal time I teach life skills classes in King County’s correctional facilities and career-guidance classes at my church.

As school board director I will advocate for children and families, while making decisions that align with the educational outcomes I want for my own two children."

Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.

What was at stake?

Incumbent Ed Barney sought a fourth term in the District 1 seat against challenger Geoffery Z. McAnalloy. Newcomers Wells and Carol Gregory ran for the District 4 seat currently held by Angela Griffin, who did not file for election.


The Board of Education is facing increased scrutiny from local residents over travel spending and the recent removal of Tony Moore from the board presidency. At a board meeting on October 15, parents confronted the board over $60,000 in travel expenses accrued as part of the district's participation in the Global Partnership for Education. Board members argued that trips to Europe and Asia were necessary to study international education while critics argued that the money could have been used for classroom resources.

The board voted 3-2 at the October 15 meeting to remove Moore as president after his arrest in September for felony theft.[4] Moore was indicted by an Oregon jury on August 23 on charges that he conspired to steal $150,000 worth of commercial tires for his salvage business.[5]

About the district

See also: Federal Way Public Schools, Washington
Federal Way Public Schools is located in King County, Washington
Federal Way Public Schools is located in the City of Federal Way in King County, Washington. The population of Federal Way was 89,306 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[6]


Federal Way lagged behind state averages for higher education achievement, median income and poverty. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (25.4%) fell below the state average (31.4%). The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Federal Way's median income at $55,846 while the state median income was $58,890. Federal Way had a poverty rate of 15.4% in the 2010 U.S. Census while the state rate was 12.5%.[6]

Racial Demographics, 2012[6]
Race Federal Way (%) Washington (%)
White 57.5 77.3
Black or African American 9.7 3.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.9 1.5
Asian 14.2 7.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 2.7 0.6
Two or More Races 6.6 4.7
Hispanic or Latino 16.2 11.2

Presidential Voting Pattern[7]
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.[8]

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