Pat Donovan

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Pat Donovan
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Puyallup School Board, Position 1
Term ends
November 2017
Years in position 5
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 3, 2009
AppointedJanuary 2009
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sPacific Lutheran University
Office website
Pat Donovan currently represents Position 1 on the Puyallup School Board in Washington. He was first appointed to the board in January 2009. Donovan won a second term on November 5, 2013 general election. He campaigned in 2013 to improve preparations for incoming kindergarten students and provide assistance to high school students short on course credits.[1]


Donovan earned a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Pacific Lutheran University in 1983. He has been a firefighter since 1985 and currently works as a Deputy Fire Chief for Central Pierce Fire & Rescue. Donovan and his wife, Tricia, have two children currently attending district schools.[2][3]



See also: Puyallup School District elections (2013)


Donovan won a second full term on the board in the November 5, 2013 election against challenger Noreen Wolfe.


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


Donovan reported no contributions or expenditures to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission.[4]


The Bellingham Herald endorsed Donovan for the November 5, 2013 board election.[5]


Donovan won his first full term on the board without opposition on November 3, 2009.[6]

Puyallup School Board, Position 1, November 3, 2009
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngPat Donovan Incumbent 98.2% 19,154
     Nonpartisan Write-in 1.8% 353
Total Votes 19,507
Source: Pierce County Elections

Campaign themes


Donovan provided the following statement for the 2013 Local Voters' Pamphlet in Pierce County:[3]

"The school district has been making positive advances during my tenure on the board in spite of continual changes in education and decreasing money coming into our system. Recent education reform has been placing higher demands on our system in the face of shrinking budgets. Our students and schools have continued to improve and close achievement gaps and increase graduation rates.

I am working both locally and at the state level, assisting with legislative priorities for our school directors. These legislative actions will help improve funding and clarify education priorities for our continued success.

Thank you, and I appreciate your support."

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

What was at stake?

Incumbent Donovan won a second full term in Position 1 against challenger Noreen 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.[7]

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.[8]


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%.[8]

Racial Demographics, 2012[8]
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[9]
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: 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.[10]

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