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Pam Teal
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Renton Board of Directors, District 5
Term ends
November 2017
Years in position 6
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
AppointedFebruary 3, 2009
Term limitsN/A
Office website
Pam Teal currently represents District 5 on the Renton Board of Directors. She was first appointed to the board on February 3, 2009 to replace Marcie Maxwell, who won election to the Washington State Legislature.[1] Teal won re-election to the board without opposition on November 5, 2013.


Teal has served on the Renton PTA as well as the Renton Chamber of Commerce Education Committee. She has two children who have attended district schools.[2]



See also: Renton School District elections (2013)


Teal sought re-election to the District 5 seat without opposition on November 5, 2013.


Renton Board of Directors, Four-year term, District 5, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngPam Teal Incumbent 98.8% 15,352
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 1.2% 194
Total Votes 15,546
Source: King County Elections, "Results," November 25, 2013


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


Teal defeated challenger Jim Grossnickle to win her first full term on the board on November 3, 2009.

Renton Board of Directors, District 5, November 3, 2009
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngPam Teal Incumbent 53.4% 10,843
     Nonpartisan Jim Grossnickle 46.3% 9,389
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.3% 63
Total Votes 20,295
Source: King County Elections

Campaign themes


Teal provided the following statement for the 2013 Local Voters' Pamphlet for King County:[4]

" Thank you for the privilege of being your Renton School Board Director. Over the past 4 1/2 years I have worked hard advocating for a quality education for the 15,000 students in the Renton School District. I promise to continue working hard, making sure that all students have access to a quality education that prepares them for college and careers pathways.

I believe that parent, teacher and community involvement is critical to the success of our students. Partnering with our community leaders and being present in our school buildings has kept me aware of the issues impacting our students. In addition to my school board activities, I chair the Education Committee for the Renton Chamber of Commerce, and am a mentor for Communities in Schools of Renton, and I chair Friends of Renton Schools, the school foundation.

Thank you for your vote."

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

What was at stake?

Incumbents Teal and Al Talley won re-election without opposition in the November 5, 2013 election.

About the district

See also: Renton School District, Washington
Renton School District is located in King County, Washington
Renton School District is located in the City of Renton in King County, Washington. The population of Renton was 90,927 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[5]


Renton lagged behind state averages for higher education achievement but outperformed state median income and poverty rates. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (30.3%) fell below the state average (31.4%). The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Renton's median income at $64,829 while the state median income was $58,890. Renton had a poverty rate of 10.8% in the 2010 U.S. Census while the state rate was 12.5%.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2012[5]
Race Renton (%) Washington (%)
White 54.6 77.3
Black or African American 10.6 3.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.7 1.5
Asian 21.2 7.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.8 0.6
Two or More Races 5.8 4.7
Hispanic or Latino 13.1 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, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[7] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

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