Rod Reynolds

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Rod Reynolds
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Former candidate for
Everett Public Schools, Seat 1
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Virginia
Master'sUniversity of Washington
Campaign website
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Rod Reynolds was a candidate for Seat 1 on the Everett Public Schools Board of Directors in Washington. He was defeated by challenger Ted Wenta in the November 5, 2013 election to replace Ed Petersen, who did not file for re-election.


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.[1]



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
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngTed Wenta 53.8% 12,560
     Nonpartisan Rod Reynolds 45.3% 10,586
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.9% 212
Total Votes 23,358
Source: Snohomish County Auditor's Office, "Snohomish County General Election Results," November 25, 2013


Reynolds received the following endorsements in the 2013 campaign:[2]

  • 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.[3]


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
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngPam LaSense 46.6% 6,813
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMary Ann Elbert 15.8% 2,308
     Nonpartisan Cris Larson 13.1% 1,922
     Nonpartisan Casey MacPherson 8.8% 1,295
     Nonpartisan Pamela Key 8% 1,170
     Nonpartisan Rod Reynolds 7.7% 1,125
Total Votes 14,633
Source: Snohomish County Auditor

Campaign themes


Reynolds provided the following statement for the 2013 Local Voters' Pamphlet in Snohomish County:[4]

"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 Public Schools is located in Snohomish County, Washington
The City of Everett in Snohomish County is located along the Puget Sound in northwestern Washington. The population of Everett was 103,022 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[5]


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%.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2012[5]
Race Everett (%) Washington (%)
White 74.6 77.3
Black or African American 4.1 3.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.4 1.5
Asian 7.8 7.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.7 0.6
Two or More Races 5.3 4.7
Hispanic or Latino 14.2 11.2

Presidential Voting Pattern[6]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 56.8 40.0
2008 58.1 39.3
2004 53.0 45.5
2000 51.6 43.6

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.[7]

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