|Bellingham Board of Directors, Position 5|
|Years in position||5|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|First elected||November 3, 2009|
|M.D.||University of Arkansas|
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.
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|
|Nonpartisan||Scott Stockburger Incumbent||100%||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.
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|
|Source: Whatcom County Elections|
Stockburger provided the following statement for the 2013 Local Voters' Pamphlet in Whatcom County:
" 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?
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.
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.
About the district
- See also: Bellingham School District, Washington
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%.
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.
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- Bellingham School District, "School Board Profiles," accessed September 3, 2013
- Washington Public Disclosure Commission, "Local Candidates," accessed December 17, 2013
- Whatcom County Auditor, "2013 Local Voters' Pamphlet," accessed October 31, 2013
- The Bellingham Herald, "Larrabee Elementary closure a motivator for challengers in school board race, July 21, 2013
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Bellingham," accessed August 30, 2013
- Whatcom County Auditor, "Election History," accessed August 30, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014