Pasco School District elections (2013)

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2013 Pasco School District Elections

General Election date:
November 5, 2013
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
Elections
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
References
See also
Washington
Pasco School District
Franklin County, Washington ballot measures
Washington local ballot measures
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Three seats were up for election on the Pasco Board of Directors in Washington. Seats in Positions 3, 4 and 5 were up for election on November 5, 2013. Steven A. Christensen defeated William Leggett to win the Position 3 seat while Sherry Lancon overcame Javier Ruiz to win the Position 4 seat. Amy L. Phillips defeated Darrell Toombs to win the Position 5 seat.

The district has to balance significant growth in enrollment in the past five years with a potential budget shortfall after 2014.

About the district

See also: Pasco School District, Washington
Pasco School District is located in Franklin County, Washington
The City of Pasco in Franklin County is located along the Columbia River in southeastern Washington. The population of Pasco was 59,781 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[1]

Demographics

Pasco lagged behind state averages for higher education achievement, median income and poverty rate in 2010. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (14.9%) was below the state average (31.4%). The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Pasco's median income at $47,252 while the state median income was $58,890. Pasco had a poverty rate of 22.2% in the 2010 U.S. Census while the state rate was 12.5%.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2012[1]
Race Pasco (%) Washington (%)
White 55.8 77.3
Black or African American 1.9 3.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.5 1.5
Asian 1.9 7.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.6
Two or More Races 3.3 4.7
Hispanic or Latino 55.7 11.2

Presidential Voting Pattern[2]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 37.1 60.7
2008 37.4 61.1
2004 31.6 65.5
2000 32.5 60.1

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 Pasco Board of Directors consists of five members who are elected at-large to four-year terms. There was a primary for the Position 4 seat on August 6, 2013 while Positions 3 and 5 did not hold primaries as each seat had fewer than three candidates. Seats in Positions 1 and 2 will be up for election in the November 3, 2015 general election.

Elections in Washington require candidates to pay filing fees equal to 1% of a position's annual salary. Board members in Pasco 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 100 words or less by May 24, 2013 for the local voters' pamphlet.[4]

Elections

2013

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  • William Leggett
    • Incumbent
    • Graduate, Northwest Nazarene College and the University of Missouri-Kansas City
    • Retired
  • Steven A. Christensen
    • Graduate, Brigham Young University
    • Small business owner

  • Sherry Lancon
    • Incumbent
    • Graduate, San Bernardino Valley College
    • Assistant Vice President, Sterling Savings Bank
  • Javier Ruiz
    • Graduate, Eastern Washington University
    • Supervisor, Washington Department of Social and Health Services

  • Darrell Toombs
    • Incumbent
    • Graduate, Spokane Community College
    • Manager, Yoke's Fresh Market
  • Amy L. Phillips
    • Graduate, Brigham Young University
    • Homemaker

Election results

General election
Pasco School District, Four-year term, Position 3, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSteven A. Christensen 55.2% 5,274
     Nonpartisan William Leggett Incumbent 44.8% 4,288
Total Votes 9,562
Source: Franklin County Auditor, "November 5, 2013 General Election," November 26, 2013


Pasco School District, Four-year term, Position 4, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSherry Lancon Incumbent 60.4% 5,833
     Nonpartisan Javier Ruiz 39.6% 3,821
Total Votes 9,654
Source: Franklin County Auditor, "November 5, 2013 General Election," November 26, 2013


Pasco School District, Four-year term, Position 5, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAmy L. Phillips 62.8% 5,896
     Nonpartisan Darrell Toombs Incumbent 37.2% 3,495
Total Votes 9,391
Source: Franklin County Auditor, "November 5, 2013 General Election," November 26, 2013
Primary

A primary was held on August 6, 2013 for the Position 4 seat on the board. Sherry Lancon and Javier Ruiz advanced to the November 5, 2013 general election.

Pasco Board of Director, Primary, Position 4, August 6, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSherry Lancon Incumbent 66.9% 5,013
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJavier Ruiz 25% 1,873
     Nonpartisan Taylor Franklin Taranto 8.1% 606
Total Votes 7,492
Source: Franklin County Auditor

Endorsements

The Bellingham Herald endorsed William Leggett, Sherry Lancon and Amy L. Phillips on October 10, 2013.[5]

Campaign finance

Candidates received a total of $10,312.92 and spent a total of $9,533.79 during the election, according to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission.[6]

In the Position 3 race, candidates received a total of $2,708.59 and spent a total of $2,708.59.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Steven A. Christensen $2,708.59 $2,708.59 $0.00
William Leggett $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

In the Position 4 race, candidates received a total of $3,464.96 and spent a total of $3,113.17.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Sherry Lancon $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Javier Ruiz $3,464.96 $3,113.17 $315.79

In the Position 5 race, candidates received a total of $4,139.37 and spent a total of $3,712.03.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Amy L. Phillips $4,139.37 $3,712.03 $427.34
Darrell Toombs $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

Past elections

2011

Pasco Board of Director, Primary, Position 1, November 8, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRuben Peralta 100% 8,032
Total Votes 8,032
Source: Franklin County Auditor


Pasco Board of Director, Primary, Position 2, November 8, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRyan Brault 64.6% 6,268
     Nonpartisan Patrick McBurney, Sr. 35.4% 3,428
Total Votes 9,696
Source: Franklin County Auditor


Pasco Board of Director, Primary, Position 5, November 8, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJeffrey W. Dong 100% 8,399
Total Votes 8,399
Source: Franklin County Auditor

What was at stake?

Incumbents William Leggett, Sherry Lancon and Darrell Toombs sought re-election during the November 5, 2013 general election. Leggett was seeking a fifth term on the board against challenger Steven A. Christensen while Lancon ran for a second full term against Javier Ruiz. Toombs was appointed to the board in April 2013 and sought a first full term against challenger Amy L. Phillips.

Growing enrollment, tightening budget

The district has experienced a 16.7% increase in enrollment between 2008 and 2012. This growth in enrollment could strain district resources in the near future based on budget projections. In a work session on August 27, 2013, the Board of Directors discussed a budget shortfall expected with the expiration of the current maintenance and operations levy in December 2014. The district currently receives $4.46 per $1,000 of assessed property value to fill in gaps left by state funding and other revenue. A tax levy increase of at least $0.10 per $1,000 would be necessary to fill the expected budget gap. Superintendent Saundra Hill and board members in attendance voiced no support for an increased tax levy on the February 2014 ballot. The board will study potential cuts in the budget while maintaining the current levy amount.[7]

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Pasco Board of Directors election in 2013:[8]

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
May 24, 2013 Last day to submit statements and photos for voter pamphlet
August 6, 2013 Primary day
November 5, 2013 Election day
November 26, 2013 Certification of vote results by county

Additional elections on the ballot

The Pasco Board of Directors election shared the ballot with additional local and county elections. Voters in Pasco chose four members of the City Council as well as one member of the Port of Pasco Commission. The ballot also featured one seat each on the Franklin Superior Court and the Washington Court of Appeals.[9] There were also two statewide initiatives and five advisory votes on the November 5, 2013 ballot.[10]

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