Noreen Wolfe

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Noreen Wolfe
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Former candidate for
Puyallup School Board, Position 1
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
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Noreen Wolfe was a candidate for the Position 1 seat on the Puyallup School Board in Washington. She lost her election bid against incumbent Pat Donovan in the November 5, 2013 general election. Wolfe campaigned to provide greater oversight of high school athletes and regulation of parent-led fundraisers.[1]


Wolfe previously worked with lumber company Weyerhaeuser as an area control specialist. She was also an employee of the Chamber of Commerce in Austin, Texas prior to living in Washington.<ref][2]



See also: Puyallup School District elections (2013)


Wolfe sought election to the board in the November 5, 2013 election against incumbent Pat Donovan.


Puyallup School Board, Four-year term, Position 1, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngPat Donovan Incumbent 73.9% 16,808
     Nonpartisan Noreen Wolfe 25.5% 5,811
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.6% 135
Total Votes 22,754
Source: Pierce County Elections, "November 5, 2013 General Election," November 25, 2013


Wolfe reported no contributions or expenditures to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission.[3]

Campaign themes


Wolfe provided the following statement for the 2013 Local Voters' Pamphlet in Pierce County:[2]

"If elected I will work hard to study all sides of an issue. I will stay informed of events and policies that have an impact on the school district.

I commend the Puyallup school district for their anti-bullying efforts and also for ensuring that students understand the district's position regarding behavior during prom night. Much has been done to prepare the students for life after graduation. The culinary skills, job shadowing, and community service experience are a positive start for students.

If everyone works together by contributing new ideas and giving time to support the students, we will continue to be proud of this community."

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

What was at stake?

Incumbent Pat Donovan won a second full term in Position 1 against Wolfe. The Position 4 race included Kathy Yang and Karen Edwards, who advanced from the August 6th primary against third-place finisher Margie Silver.


The district cut overall expenditures by $1.7 million from 2011 to 2012 while enrollment only decreased by 0.5% in those years. In the District 4 primary, Yang, Edwards and Silver discussed the need for additional funding to anticipate enrollment growth. In February 2013, voters in Puyallup School District failed to pass the 60% threshold for a new bond worth $279.6 million.[4]

About the district

See also: Puyallup School District, Washington
Puyallup School District is located in Pierce County, Washington
The City of Puyallup is located in Pierce County in northwestern Washington. The population of Puyallup was 37,022 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[5]


Puyallup lags behind the state averages for higher education achievement while outperforming averages for median income and poverty rate. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (22.4%) is below the state average (31.4%). The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Puyallup's median income at $61,099 while the state median income was $58,890. Puyallup had a poverty rate of 9.1% in the 2010 U.S. Census while the state rate was 12.5%.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2012[5]
Race Puyallup (%) Washington (%)
White 84.4 77.3
Black or African American 2.1 3.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.4 1.5
Asian 3.8 7.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.7 0.6
Two or More Races 5.5 4.7
Hispanic or Latino 6.9 11.2

Presidential Voting Pattern[6]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 54.4 43.3
2008 54.9 42.8
2004 50.4 48.0
2000 51.4 44.0

Note: Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" percentage, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off. Read more about race and ethnicity in the Census here.[7]

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