Richland School District elections (2013)

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2013 Richland 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
Richland School District
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Two seats on the Richland School Board were up for election on November 5, 2013. Seats 1 and 2 were on the ballot. Heather Cleary defeated Ron Higgins to win Seat 1 while Rick Jansons overcame Lloyd Becker to win Seat 2. Major issues in the campaign included implementation of Common Core Curriculum standards and dealing with a 9.6% growth in enrollment over the past five years.

About the district

See also: Richland School District, Washington
Richland School District is located in Benton County, Washington
The City of Richland is located in Benton County in south-central Washington. The county is surrounded by tributaries of the Columbia River with the Yakima and Columbia Rivers connecting in Richland. The population of Richland was 48,109 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[1]

Demographics

Richland outperforms state averages for median income, higher education achievement and poverty rate. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (41.0%) is above the state average (31.4%). The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Richland's median income at $67,666 while the state median income was $58,890. Richland had a poverty rate of 8.4% in the 2010 U.S. Census while the state rate was 12.5%.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2012[1]
Race Richland (%) Washington (%)
White 87.0 77.3
Black or African American 1.4 3.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.8 1.5
Asian 4.7 7.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.6
Two or More Races 3.2 4.7
Hispanic or Latino 7.8 11.2

Presidential Voting Pattern[2]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 35.4 62.2
2008 36.1 62.2
2004 - -
2000 - -

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 Richland School Board consists of five members elected at-large to four-year terms. There was a primary election on August 6, 2013 for Seat 1 while Seat 2 did not have a primary as only two candidates filed for the seat. Two seats were up for election on November 5, 2013 and three seats will be on the ballot in November 2015.

Elections in Washington require candidates to pay filing fees equal to 1% of a position's annual salary. Board members in Richland 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 31, 2013 for the county's local voter pamphlet.[4]

Elections

2013

Candidates

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  • Heather Cleary
    • Incumbent
    • Graduate, Montana State University
    • Retired
  • Ron Higgins
    • Graduate, California Polytechnic State University and University of Washington
    • Retired
    • Veteran, U.S. Marine Corps

  • Rick Jansons
    • Incumbent
    • Business owner
    • Veteran, U.S. Navy
  • Lloyd Becker
    • Graduate, Columbia Basin College and Colorado Technical University
    • Business owner

Results

General election
Richland School Board, Four-year term, Seat 1, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngHeather Cleary Incumbent 55.3% 8,571
     Nonpartisan Ron Higgins 44.7% 6,934
Total Votes 15,505
Source: Benton County Auditor, "Election Results," November 26, 2013


Richland School Board, Four-year term, Seat 2, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRick Jansons Incumbent 74.4% 11,231
     Nonpartisan Lloyd Becker 25.6% 3,861
Total Votes 15,092
Source: Benton County Auditor, "Election Results," November 26, 2013
Primary

A primary was held on August 6, 2013 for Seat 1 on the Richland School Board. Incumbent Heather Cleary and challenger Ron Higgins advanced to the November 5, 2013 general election.[5]

Richland School Board, Primary, Seat 1, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngHeather Cleary Incumbent 55.4% 4,355
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRon Higgins 34.9% 2,741
     Nonpartisan Jimmie D. Chastain 9.7% 765
Total Votes 7,861
Source: Benton County Auditor

Endorsements

The Tri-City Herald endorsed Heather Cleary and Rick Jansons on October 15, 2013.[6]

Campaign finance

No contributions or expenditures were reported during the election, according to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission.[7]

Past elections

2011

Richland School Board, Seat 3, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRick Donahoe 55% 8,359
     Nonpartisan Gordon Comfort 45% 6,833
Total Votes 15,192
Source: Benton County Auditor


Richland School Board, Seat 4, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMary Guay Incumbent 51% 7,686
     Nonpartisan Brian Barth 49% 7,396
Total Votes 15,082
Source: Benton County Auditor


Richland School Board, Seat 5, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngPhyllis Strickler Incumbent 53% 8,087
     Nonpartisan Brett Amidan 47% 7,168
Total Votes 15,255
Source: Benton County Auditor

What was at stake?

Heather Cleary sought a third term in Seat 1 against challenger Ron Higgins. Rick Jansons ran for a fourth term on the board from Seat 2 against challenger Lloyd Becker.

Issues

A major issue in the primary election for Seat 1 was the implementation of Common Core Curriculum standards in district schools. Higgins actively opposed Common Core implementation ahead of the August 6 primary. Another issue facing the district is growing enrollment in schools and related stresses on the budget.[8] In early August 2013, current members of the board cited the introduction of impact fees and the expansion of all-day kindergarten as priorities for the 2013-2014 school year.[9]

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Richland School Board election in 2013:[4]

Deadline Event
May 13, 2013 First day to file nominating petitions online or in-person
May 17, 2013 Last day to file nominating petitions
May 31, 2013 Last day to submit candidate materials for voter pamphlet
August 6, 2013 Primary day
November 5, 2013 Election day
November 26, 2013 Certification of vote results

Additional elections on the ballot

The Richland School Board elections shared the ballot with city and county elections. Voters in Richland cast ballots for four seats on the City Council. The West Richland ballot featured races for Mayor and two seats on the City Council. Additional elections at the county level included a special election for District 8 in the Washington State Senate as well as seats on the Superior Court and Court of Appeals. The ballot also featured two state initiatives and five advisory votes.[10]

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