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Scott Stockburger
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Bellingham Board of Directors, Position 5
Former officeholder
In office
December 2009 - June 12, 2014
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 3, 2009
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sHampshire College
M.D.University of Arkansas
Office website
Scott Stockburger represented Position 5 on the Bellingham Board of Directors in Washington. He was first elected to the board in 2009. Stockburger won re-election without opposition on November 5, 2013. He resigned from the board on June 12, 2014, due to health concerns. [1] Douglas Benjamin was appointed to fill the open seat in August 2014, and the remainder of the unexpired term is up for election on November 3, 2015.


Stockburger earned a Bachelor's degree from Hampshire College and later received his M.D. from the University of Arkansas. He is a family physician at St. Joseph Hospital. Stockburger and his wife have two children currently attending district schools.[2]



See also: Bellingham School District elections (2013)


Stockburger ran for a second term on the board without opposition in the November 5, 2013 general election.


Bellingham Board of Directors, Four-year term, Position 5, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngScott Stockburger Incumbent 100% 21,063
Total Votes 21,063
Source: Whatcom County Elections, "November 5, 2013 General Election," November 26, 2013


Stockburger reported no contributions or expenditures to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission.[3]


Stockburger first won election to the board on November 3, 2009 against fellow challenger Michael Jay.

Bellingham Board of Directors, Position 5, November 3, 2009
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngScott Stockburger 60.6% 12,972
     Nonpartisan Michael Jay 39.4% 8,443
Total Votes 21,415
Source: Whatcom County Elections

Campaign themes


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

" As the only parent of Bellingham School District students serving on the School Board, I offer a unique perspective to my fellow directors and the superintendent.

And although we represent all residents of our district, I have a calling to speak up for those who are traditionally under-represented.

If re-elected to the Bellingham School Board, I pledge that I will listen to the voters, and listen to our children; and I will do my best to represent all of you, all of the time.

Thank you for your support and your vote."

What was at stake?

Incumbent Steven H. Smith ran for a second term in the Position 4 seat against challenger John H. Blethen. Stockburger won re-election to the Position 5 seat without opposition.


The district has experienced a 3.5% increase in enrollment between 2008 and 2012 while the district budget was cut by $1.5 million between 2011 and 2012. A major issue in the Position 4 race is the closure of Larrabee Elementary School slated for the end of the 2013-2014 school year. Smith voted along with three board members to close the school due to poor performance and long-term renovation plans for district schools. Blethen and Hue Beattie challenged Smith in the August 6, 2013 primary due to his vote on Larrabee Elementary. Stockburger was the lone vote to prevent Larrabee's closure and does not face opposition for his seat.[5]

Smith also faced a primary challenge due to his support for a $160 million bond on the November 5, 2013 ballot. The bond would support renovation of district facilities including $73 million for Sehome High School and a $17 million remodeling of district offices. Beattie believed that community involvement in renovation could bring down costs while Blethen argued for a more gradual renovation process that would not require a large bond measure.[5]

About the district

See also: Bellingham School District, Washington
Bellingham School District is located in Whatcom County, Washington
Bellingham School District is based in Whatcom County, which is situated along the border between the United States and Canada. The population of Bellingham was 80,885 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[6]


Bellingham outperforms state averages for higher education achievement while lagging behind in median income and poverty rate. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (38.6%) exceeds the state average (31.4%). The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Bellingham's median income at $39,299 while the state median income was $58,890. Bellingham had a poverty rate of 22.6% in the 2010 U.S. Census while the state rate was 12.5%.[6]

Racial Demographics, 2012[6]
Race Bellingham (%) Washington (%)
White 84.9 77.3
Black or African American 1.3 3.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.3 1.5
Asian 5.1 7.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.3 0.6
Two or More Races 4.3 4.7
Hispanic or Latino 7.0 11.2

Presidential Voting Pattern[7]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 55.4 41.4
2008 58.0 40.0
2004 53.4 44.6
2000 46.1 46.5

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.[8] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

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