|Puyallup School Board, Position 1|
|Years in position||5|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|First elected||November 3, 2009|
|Bachelor's||Pacific Lutheran University|
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.
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|
|Nonpartisan||Pat Donovan Incumbent||73.9%||16,808|
|Source: Pierce County Elections, "November 5, 2013 General Election," November 25, 2013|
Donovan reported no contributions or expenditures to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission.
The Bellingham Herald endorsed Donovan for the November 5, 2013 board election.
Donovan won his first full term on the board without opposition on November 3, 2009.
|Puyallup School Board, Position 1, November 3, 2009|
|Nonpartisan||Pat Donovan Incumbent||98.2%||19,154|
|Source: Pierce County Elections|
Donovan provided the following statement for the 2013 Local Voters' Pamphlet in Pierce County:
"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.
About the district
- See also: Puyallup School District, Washington
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%.
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.
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- Washington school districts
- Puyallup School District, Washington
- Puyallup School District elections (2013)
- The News Tribune, "Puyallup School Board candidates agree funding district is priority," October 2, 2013
- The News Tribune, "Appointee wants to stay on Puyallup School Board," May 27, 2009
- Pierce County Elections, "Current Election," accessed September 20, 2013
- Washington Public Disclosure Commission, "Local Candidates," accessed December 17, 2013
- The Bellingham Herald, "Our choices for Tacoma, Puyallup, Bethel schools," October 8, 2013
- Pierce County Elections, "November 3, 2009 Election Results," accessed August 16, 2013
- The News Tribune, "3 moms want seat on Puyallup School Board," July 23, 2013
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Puyallup," accessed August 14, 2013
- Pierce County Elections, "Archived Elections," accessed August 5, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014