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Rick Jansons
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Richland School Board, Seat 2
Term ends
November 2017
Years in position 14
Board President
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 2001
Term limitsN/A
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Navy
Years of service1984-1990
ProfessionBusiness owner
Office website
Rick Jansons currently serves as the Seat 2 member on the Richland School Board in Washington. He was first elected to the board in 2001. Jansons won re-election against challenger Lloyd Becker on November 5, 2013.


Jansons has been a business owner since 1998 when he started a construction company. He currently owns and operates a firm that provides nuclear safety consultations. Jansons served in the U.S. Navy from 1984 to 1990. He and his wife, Kristi, have five children.[1]



See also: Richland School District elections (2013)


Jansons sought a fourth four-year term against challenger Lloyd Becker on November 5, 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


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


The Tri-City Herald endorsed Jansons on October 15, 2013.[3]


Jansons lost to Jerome Delvin for the District 1 seat on the Benton County Commission in the general election on November 6, 2012.[4]

Benton County Commission, District 1, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJerome Delvin 63.5% 43,685
     Nonpartisan Rick Jansons 36.5% 25,133
Total Votes 68,818
Source: Benton County Auditor


Jansons won a third term to the Richland School Board without opposition on November 3, 2009.[5]

Richland School Board, 2009
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRick Jansons Incumbent 100% 11,644
Total Votes 11,644
Source: Benton County Auditor

Campaign themes


Jansons provided the following statement for the 2013 Local Voters' Pamphlet in Benton County:[6]

"I am seeking re-election to the Richland School Board to continue the work of providing our community and students with world-class schools.

Our children are faced with challenges that demand they be prepared with 21st Century skills and with the ability to be life-long learners. In order to help our students meet these challenges, I will continue to work to provide more opportunities for our students, including Delta High School, 3 Rivers School, and other innovative schools and programs.

In these tough economic times funds are limited. I will work to make sure your tax dollars are used wisely, and to ensure our school systems are operated efficiently and effectively to deliver the best education possible.

Our community showed overwhelming support and great trust in approving a bond for new and remodeled schools. I will work to make sure our community receives quality school facilities on time and on budget.

Finally, I will listen to you closely and respond honestly. I will be your advocate in the school system, and partner with you so that each of our children and grandchildren receive the best possible education. I ask for your support and your vote. Thank you."

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

What was at stake?

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


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.[7] 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.[8]

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.[9]


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%.[9]

Racial Demographics, 2012[9]
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[10]
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, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[11] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

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