Mukilteo School District elections (2013)

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2013 Mukilteo School District Elections

General Election date:
November 5, 2013
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
Election history
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
References
See also
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Mukilteo School District
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Three seats were up for election on the Mukilteo Board of Directors. Judy Schwab, Jeff Thorp and John Gahagan ran unopposed and won seats in Districts 2, 4 and 5 on November 5, 2013.

About the district

See also: Mukilteo School District, Washington
Mukilteo School District is located in Snohomish County, Washington
Mukilteo School District in Snohomish County serves students in Mukilteo, Everett and Edmonds. The population of Mukilteo was 20,254 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[1]

Demographics

Mukilteo outperforms state averages for higher education achievement, median income and poverty rate. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (47.8%) is ahead of the state average (31.4%). The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Mukilteo's median income at $93,120 while the state median income was $58,890. Mukilteo had a poverty rate of 6.3% in the 2010 U.S. Census while the state rate was 12.5%.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2012[1]
Race Mukilteo (%) Washington (%)
White 74.9 77.3
Black or African American 1.7 3.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.6 1.5
Asian 17.1 7.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.2 0.6
Two or More Races 4.5 4.7
Hispanic or Latino 4.4 11.2

Presidential Voting Pattern[2]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 56.8 40.0
2008 58.1 39.3
2004 53.0 45.5
2000 51.6 43.6

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 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.[3]

Method of board member selection

The Mukilteo Board of Directors consists of five members elected at-large to four-year terms. There was not a primary election on August 6, 2013 as each seat up for election did not have more than two candidates. Three seats were up for election on November 5, 2013 and two seats will be on the ballot on November 3, 2015.

Elections in Washington require candidates to pay filing fees equal to 1% of a position's annual salary. Board members in Mukilteo can be reimbursed up to $4,800 for district activities but do not receive salaries, which eliminates the filing fee. Candidates were required to file nominating petitions by May 17, 2013 to qualify for the November ballot. Each candidate could also submit a photo and statement of 200 words or less by August 14, 2013 for the county's local voter pamphlet.[4]

Elections

2013

Candidates

Results

Mukilteo Board of Directors, Four-year term, District 2, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJudy Schwab Incumbent 98.1% 13,355
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 1.9% 258
Total Votes 13,613
Source: Snohomish County Auditor, "Snohomish County General Election Results," November 25, 2013


Mukilteo Board of Directors, Four-year term, District 4, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJeff Thorp Incumbent 98.2% 13,089
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 1.8% 244
Total Votes 13,333
Source: Snohomish County Auditor, "Snohomish County General Election Results," November 25, 2013


Mukilteo Board of Directors, Four-year term, District 5, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Gahagan Incumbent 98.3% 13,187
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 1.7% 225
Total Votes 13,412
Source: Snohomish County Auditor, "Snohomish County General Election Results," November 25, 2013

Campaign finance

No contributions or expenditures were reported during the election, according to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission.[5]

Past elections

2011

Mukilteo Board of Directors, District 1, November 8, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMike Simmons 70.2% 11,594
     Nonpartisan J. Bruce Jackson 29.2% 4,832
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.6% 96
Total Votes 16,522
Source: Snohomish County Auditor


Mukilteo Board of Directors, District 3, November 8, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRon Johnson 98.6% 14,614
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 1.4% 201
Total Votes 14,815
Source: Snohomish County Auditor

What was at stake?

Incumbents Judy Schwab, Jeff Thorp and John Gahagan won re-election to the board without opposition on November 5, 2013.

Issues

In 2013, the district rejected $1.6 million in state funding for all-day kindergarten due to limited classroom space. The Washington State Legislature allotted $90 million to fund all-day kindergarten classes throughout the state. Mukilteo School District could have facilitated kindergarten courses for 653 students if the funding was approved. District schools have witnessed a 3.6% increases in enrollment since 2008 and voters turned down construction bonds in 2006 and 2008 that would have expanded capacity. The number of all-day kindergartens in Mukilteo has been cut from nine to three in recent years and the Board of Directors would need to approve a construction bond to reverse this trend.[6]

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Mukilteo School District elections in 2013:[4]

Deadline Event
April 29, 2013 First day to file nominating petitions by mail
May 13, 2013 First day to file nominating petitions online or in-person
May 17, 2013 Last day to file nominating petitions
August 6, 2013 Primary day
August 14, 2013 Last day to submit candidate materials for voter pamphlet
November 5, 2013 Election day
November 26, 2013 Certification of vote results

Additional elections on the ballot

The Mukilteo Board of Directors elections shared the ballot with other local, county and state elections. Residents of Mukilteo voted for mayor, three seats on the City Council and three seats on the County Council. The ballot also included two statewide initiatives and five advisory votes dealing with tax adjustments by the Washington State Legislature.[7]

See also

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