Mitchell Taylor

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Mitchell Taylor
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Battle Ground School District, District 3
Former candidate
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolPoudre High School
Personal
ProfessionBusiness executive
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Mitchell Taylor was a candidate for the District 3 seat on the Battle Ground School Board in Washington. He was defeated by fellow challenger Jim Pegoraro on November 5, 2013.

Biography

Taylor received his high school diploma from Poudre High School in Fort Collins, Colorado. He started his career as a sports reporter for Deseret News in Utah before starting a career in collections. Taylor is currently the Vice President of Client Service at RevQ in Vancouver, Washington. He volunteered as Communications Director and President of the BGHS Athletic Club for nine years. Taylor and his wife have three children who have attended Battle Ground schools.[1].

Elections

See also:: Battle Ground School District elections (2013)

Opposition

Taylor sought election to the board against Jim Pegoraro on November 5, 2013.

Results

Battle Ground School Board, Four-year term, District 3, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJim Pegoraro 52.4% 5,943
     Nonpartisan Mitchell Taylor 47.6% 5,402
Total Votes 11,345
Source: Clark County Auditor's Office, "November 5, 2013 General Election," November 26, 2013

Funding

Taylor reported no contributions or expenditures to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission.[2]

Campaign themes

2013

Taylor's campaign website described the candidate's reasons for running:[3]

"As a BG citizen, parent, grandparent, volunteer and businessman; I am committed to making the best possible decisions for BGSD’s children in regards to their education and safety. I understand there’s a need to be fiscally responsible with our tax dollars. I Know listening is the most important part of communication. I believe in common sense, fiscal responsibility, and I believe in Students."

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


What was at stake?

Incumbent Monty Anderson ran for re-election in District 1. Districts 3 and 5 have new board members as current members John Idsinga and Steve Pagel did not file for re-election. In District 3, newcomers Taylor and Jim Pegoraro sought election to the board. Anderson and District 5 candidate Stephanie McClintock did not face opposition on the general election ballot.

Issues

Battle Ground School Board members will deal with ongoing concerns about funding as well as a state audit of the board's buyout of former Superintendent Shonny Bria in June 2013. District voters narrowly passed a four-year tax levy to fund instructional programs and maintenance after threats of dissolving the district.[4][5] The Washington State Auditor's Office is currently conducting an investigation into a secret buyout of Bria that was only disclosed after she left office.[6]

About the district

See also: Battle Ground School District, Washington
Battle Ground School District is located in Clark County, Washington
The district is spread across five communities in Clark County including Amboy, Battle Ground, Brush Prairie, Orchards and Yacolt. Clark County is situated along the Columbia River in southwestern Washington, about 25 miles north of Portland, Oregon. Battle Ground's population was 17,671 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[7]

Demographics

Battle Ground outperforms the rest of Washington based on median income and poverty levels while lagging behind the state average for higher education achievement. The 2010 U.S. Census found the median income in Battle Ground was $59,723 while the state median income was $58,890. The city's poverty rate was 11% compared to the state's 12.5% poverty rate. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (16.6%) was lower than the state average (31.4%).[7]

Racial Demographics, 2012[7]
Race Battle Ground (%) Washington (%)
White 90.5 77.3
Black or African American 0.8 3.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.8 1.5
Asian 1.9 7.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.3 0.6
Two or More Races 3.5 4.7
Hispanic or Latino 6.5 11.2

Presidential Voting Pattern[8]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 57.1 42.1
2008 51.9 46.8
2004 46.7 52.0
2000 45.6 49.6


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.[9]

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