Peninsula School District elections (2013)

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2013 Peninsula 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
Peninsula School District
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Three seats were up for election on the Peninsula Board of Directors. Seats in District 2, 4 and 5 were on the November 5, 2013 general election ballot. Wendy Wojtanowicz and Harlan Gallinger ran unopposed and won seats in Districts 2 and 4. David Olson defeated Rick Jones to win the District 5 seat.

About the district

See also: Peninsula School District, Washington
Peninsula School District is located in Pierce County, Washington
Peninsula School District serves students in Gig Harbor and other towns on the Key Peninsula. The district is located in Pierce County in northwestern Washington. The population of Gig Harbor was 7,126 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[1]

Demographics

Gig Harbor surpasses state averages for higher education achievement, median income and poverty rate. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (44.3%) is below the state average (31.4%). The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Gig Harbor's median income at $62,421 while the state median income was $58,890. Gig Harbor had a poverty rate of 9.6% in the 2010 U.S. Census while the state rate was 12.5%.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2012[1]
Race Gig Harbor (%) Washington (%)
White 90.2 77.3
Black or African American 1.2 3.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.6 1.5
Asian 2.4 7.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.5 0.6
Two or More Races 3.6 4.7
Hispanic or Latino 5.8 11.2

Presidential Voting Pattern[2]
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.[3]

Method of board member selection

The Peninsula Board of Directors consists of five members elected by district to four-year terms. There was a primary election on August 6, 2013 in District 5 while Districts 2 and 4 did not hold primaries because only one candidate filed for each election. Three seats are up for election on November 3, 2015.

Elections in Washington require candidates to pay filing fees equal to 1% of a position's annual salary. Board members in Gig Harbor 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 August 14, 2013 for the county's local voter pamphlet.[4]

Elections

2013

Candidates

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  • Harlan Gallinger
    • Incumbent
    • Graduate, University of Puget Sound and University of Washington

Results

General election
Peninsula Board of Directors, Four-year term, District 2, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngWendy Wojtanowicz Incumbent 97.6% 15,026
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 2.4% 364
Total Votes 15,390
Source: Pierce County Elections, "November 5, 2013 General Election," November 25, 2013


Peninsula Board of Directors, Four-year term, District 4, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngHarlan Gallinger Incumbent 98.7% 15,979
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 1.3% 203
Total Votes 16,182
Source: Pierce County Elections, "November 5, 2013 General Election," November 25, 2013


Peninsula Board of Directors, Four-year term, District 5, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Olson 54.9% 10,491
     Nonpartisan Rick Jones Incumbent 44.6% 8,519
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.6% 110
Total Votes 19,120
Source: Pierce County Elections, "November 5, 2013 General Election," November 25, 2013
Primary

A primary was held on August 6, 2013 for District 5 of the Peninsula Board of Directors. David Olson and Rick Jones advanced to the November 5, 2013 general election.[5]

Peninsula Board of Directors, Primary, District 5, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Olson 46.8% 5,713
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRick Jones 38.5% 4,708
     Nonpartisan Curt Carroll 14.7% 1,794
Total Votes 12,215
Source: Pierce County Elections

Campaign finance

No contributions or expenditures were reported during the election, according to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission.[6]

Past elections

2011

Peninsula Board of Directors, District 1, November 8, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMatthew Wilkinson Incumbent 100% 15,316
Total Votes 15,316
Source: Pierce County Elections


Peninsula Board of Directors, District 3, November 8, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRand Wilhelmsen Incumbent 100% 14,838
Total Votes 14,838
Source: Pierce County Elections


Peninsula Board of Directors, District 4, November 8, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJill Uddenberg Incumbent 100% 15,861
Total Votes 15,861
Source: Pierce County Elections

What was at stake?

Incumbent Wendy Wojtanowicz won a third term without opposition in the District 1 seat. Harlan Gallinger ran unopposed for an unexpired two-year term in District 4. The District 5 race featured incumbent Rick Jones and challenger David Olson.

Issues

A major debate within the district centers on funding for capital improvements. A 2011 bond measure totaling $78 million failed to pass the 60% approval threshold required by Washington state law.[7][8] In July 2013, the Board of Directors voted unanimously to place a $50 million tax levy for capital improvements on the November ballot. Opponents of the tax levy criticized the increase in property taxes and the lower threshold for a tax levy compared to a bond measure.[9][10]

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Peninsula Board of Directors election in 2013:[4]

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
August 6, 2013 Primary day
August 14, 2013 Last day to submit candidate materials for voter pamphlet
November 5, 2013 Election day
November 26, 2013 Certification of vote results

Additional elections on the ballot

The Peninsula School District elections shared the November 5, 2013 ballot with other citywide measures. District voters cast ballots for Proposition 1, a proposed $50 million tax levy for building improvements and expansion that would have been collected between 2014 and 2017. The measure was defeated by a five-point margin. Residents of Gig Harbor voted for four seats on the city council and the mayoral race. An unexpired one-year term in the District 26 of the Washington State Senate were also on the ballot. The ballot included two statewide initiatives and five advisory votes on changes to state tax policy.[4]

See also

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