|Former candidate for|
|Everett Public Schools, Seat 1|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|Bachelor's||University of Virginia|
|Master's||University of Washington|
Reynolds earned a B.A. in Greek and Latin from the University of Virginia in 1991. He later earned a M.A. in Classics from the University of Washington in 1998. Reynolds has worked as a textbook salesman, business owner and data manager. He has two children who currently attend district schools.
- See also: Everett Public Schools elections (2013)
Reynolds sought election to the board for Seat 1 against fellow challenger Ted Wenta.
|Everett Public Schools, Six-year term, Seat 1, 2013|
|Source: Snohomish County Auditor's Office, "Snohomish County General Election Results," November 25, 2013|
Reynolds received the following endorsements in the 2013 campaign:
- Bob Drewel, Puget Sound Regional Council Executive Director
- Snohomish County Executive John Lovick
- City of Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson
- City of Everett Police Chief Kathy Atwood
- City of Everett Council Member Shannon Affholter
- City of Everett Council Member Scott Bader
Reynolds reported no contributions or expenditures to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission.
Reynolds first ran for election to Seat 5 on the board in the August 16, 2011 primary. He placed last in a six-candidate field and failed to advance to the November 8, 2011 general election.
|Everett Public Schools Board of Directors, Primary, August 16, 2011|
|Nonpartisan||Mary Ann Elbert||15.8%||2,308|
|Source: Snohomish County Auditor|
Reynolds provided the following statement for the 2013 Local Voters' Pamphlet in Snohomish County:
"As a proud parent of two Everett Public Schools students, I see good things happening in our district all the time. Over the last three years, however, I have been paying close attention to the activities at the board and superintendent level; their priorities are wrong and too much business is conducted under a veil of secrecy.
As a school director I will bring the following values and priorities to the board:
Vision. We must strive to offer the best possible education to all our district's students. I define “success” as the full realization of each individual's potential.
Collaboration. I will respect and listen to the hard-working, dedicated teachers and employees of our district.
Openness. We must reform board policies to maximize public transparency while retaining legitimate executive discretion.
Consistency. The board needs to establish a predictable school calendar and instructional hours that Everett families and employers can depend on.
Honesty. The board should disclose legal advice driving policy decisions. Asserting attorney-client privilege in matters of general public interest does not build trust.
Respect for the community. I will not re-purpose school bond funds for administrative benefit. Building an administrative palace while our kids remain in portables is a disgrace."
Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.
What was at stake?
Reynolds and Ted Wenta sought election to Seat 1 on the board currently held by Ed Petersen. Petersen did not file for election to a second full term. Carol Andrews ran for a second term in Seat 2 against challenger Kim Guymon.
About the district
- See also: Everett Public Schools, Washington
Everett lagged behind state averages for median income, higher education achievement and poverty rate in the 2010 U.S. Census. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (20.3%) was below the state average (31.4%). The U.S. Census calculated Everett's median income at $48,410 while the state median income was $58,890. Everett had a poverty rate of 16.4% 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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- Committee to Elect Rod Reynolds, "About Rod," accessed October 11, 2013
- Committee to Elect Rod Reynolds, "Endorsements," accessed October 11, 2013
- Washington Public Disclosure Commission, "Local Candidates," accessed December 17, 2013
- Snohomish County Auditor, "Local Voters' Pamphlet," accessed October 11, 2013
- 2010 U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Everett," accessed August 6, 2013
- Snohomish County Auditor, "Past Election Results," accessed August 6, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014