Rick E. Payne

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Rick E. Payne
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Bethel Board of Directors, District 4
Former candidate
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
High schoolMt. Tahoma High School
Rick E. Payne was a candidate for the District 4 seat on the Bethel Board of Directors in Washington. He was defeated by fellow challenger Amy Pivetta Hoffman for an unexpired two-year term in the November 5, 2013 general election.


Payne graduated from Mt. Tahoma High School in 1985. He is a former vice president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 313. Payne is actively involved with the Pierce County Democratic Party as a precinct officer in District 2. He has five children who have attended or currently attend district schools.[1]



See also: Bethel School District elections (2013)


Payne sought election to the board against Amy Pivetta Hoffman on November 5, 2013.


Bethel Board of Directors, Four-year term, District 4, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAmy Pivetta Hoffman 72.6% 11,433
     Nonpartisan Rick E. Payne 26.5% 4,174
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.9% 140
Total Votes 15,747
Source: Pierce County Elections, "November 5, 2013 General Election," November 25, 2013


Payne reported no contributions or expenditures to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission.[2]

Campaign themes


Payne provided the following statement for the 2013 Local Voters' Pamphlet in Pierce County:[1]

"why isint anyone listen to the teachers or the parents or better yet the kids and ask them what they need or want to help run our schools.

the school board is out of touch with what the needs are for are froint line workers & kids. we are building new school but their kids are still in portables.Money being spent on creatting ast. principal jobs or depty directors jobs at 150.ooo salary & benfits. but teacher & kids get left out school books, play groung eqiupment, our feild trips get left out thats not right"

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

What was at stake?

Incumbents Warren T. Smith and Stan Chapin won re-election to the board without opposition in Districts 1 and 3. Newcomers Payne and Amy Pivetta Hoffman sought an unexpired two-year term in District 4. The District 4 seat was held by appointee Michael Audas, who did not file for election.

About the district

See also: Bethel School District, Washington
Bethel School District is located in Pierce County, Washington
Bethel School District is based out of Spanaway and serves local communities in southeastern Pierce County. District schools serve students in Graham, Puyallup, Roy, Spanaway and Tacoma. The population of Pierce County was 795,225 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[3]


Pierce County lags behind the rest of Washington based on median income and higher education achievement while outperforming the state poverty rate. The 2010 U.S. Census found the median income in Pierce County was $58,824 while the state median income was $58,890. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (23.6%) was lower than the state average (31.4%). The city's poverty rate was 11.6% compared to the state's 12.5% poverty rate.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2010[3]
Race Pierce County (%) Washington (%)
White 76.8 81.6
Black or African American 7.2 3.9
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.6 1.8
Asian 6.3 7.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 1.4 0.7
Two or More Races 6.6 4.3
Hispanic or Latino 9.6 11.7

Presidential Voting Pattern[4]
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.[5]

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