|Richland School Board, Seat 2|
|Years in position||13|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|First elected||November 2001|
|Years of service||1984-1990|
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.
Jansons sought a fourth four-year term against challenger Lloyd Becker on November 5, 2013.
|Richland School Board, Four-year term, Seat 2, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Rick Jansons Incumbent||74.4%||11,231|
|Source: Benton County Auditor, "Election Results," November 26, 2013|
Jansons reported no contributions or expenditures to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission.
The Tri-City Herald endorsed Jansons on October 15, 2013.
Jansons lost to Jerome Delvin for the District 1 seat on the Benton County Commission in the general election on November 6, 2012.
|Benton County Commission, District 1, 2012|
|Source: Benton County Auditor|
Jansons won a third term to the Richland School Board without opposition on November 3, 2009.
|Richland School Board, 2009|
|Nonpartisan||Rick Jansons Incumbent||100%||11,644|
|Source: Benton County Auditor|
Jansons provided the following statement for the 2013 Local Voters' Pamphlet in Benton County:
"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?
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. 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.
About the district
- See also: Richland School District, Washington
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%.
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.
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- Friends for Rick Jansons, "About Rick," accessed August 7, 2013
- Washington Public Disclosure Commission, "Local Candidates," accessed December 17, 2013
- Tri-City Herald, "Our Voice: Richland School Board — Re-elect Cleary, Jansons," October 15, 2013
- Benton County Elections, "November 6, 2012 General Election," accessed August 7, 2013
- Benton County Elections, "November 3, 2009 General Election," accessed August 7, 2013
- Benton County Auditor, "2013 Local Voters' Pamphlet," accessed September 23, 2013 (dead link)
- Tri-City Herald, "Richland School Board candidates debate value of Common Core State Standards," July 18, 2013
- Tri-City Herald, "Richland School Board lists impact fees, all-day kindergarten as top priorities," August 12, 2013
- 2010 U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Richland," accessed August 7, 2013
- Benton County Elections, "Archived Election Results," accessed August 7, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014