Sherry Lancon

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Sherry Lancon
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Pasco Board of Directors, Position 4
Term ends
November 2017
Years in position 8
Board President
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Associate'sSan Bernardino Valley College
ProfessionBank executive
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Sherry Lancon currently represents Position 4 on the Pasco Board of Directors in Washington. She was first appointed to the board in 2007. Lancon defeated challenger Javier Ruiz in the November 5, 2013 general election.


Lancon earned an Associate's degree from San Bernardino Valley College. She currently serves as Assistant Vice President and Manager of Sterling Savings Bank. Lancon is a member of the Greater Pasco Chamber of Commerce as well as the Consumer Credit Counseling Board. She has two children and four grandchildren who have attended district schools.[1]



See also: Pasco School District elections (2013)


Lancon ran for re-election against challenger Javier Ruiz.


General election
Pasco School District, Four-year term, Position 4, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSherry Lancon Incumbent 60.4% 5,833
     Nonpartisan Javier Ruiz 39.6% 3,821
Total Votes 9,654
Source: Franklin County Auditor, "November 5, 2013 General Election," November 26, 2013

Lancon won the August 6, 2013 primary for the Position 4 seat. She will face challenger Javier Ruiz in the general election on November 5, 2013.

Pasco Board of Director, Primary, Position 4, August 6, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSherry Lancon Incumbent 66.9% 5,013
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJavier Ruiz 25% 1,873
     Nonpartisan Taylor Franklin Taranto 8.1% 606
Total Votes 7,492
Source: Franklin County Auditor


Lancon reported no contributions or expenditures to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission.[2]


The Bellingham Herald endorsed Lancon on October 10, 2013.[3]


Lancon won her first full term on the board without opposition in the November 3, 2009, general election.

Pasco Board of Director, Primary, Position 4, November 3, 2009
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSherry Lancon Incumbent 100% 6,846
Total Votes 6,846
Source: Franklin County Auditor

Campaign themes


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

"For the past seven years it has been my honor and privilege to serve on the Pasco School District Board of Directors. I serve because I care deeply about the children of our community and I am committed to providing pathways to success for all of them. I serve because I am proud to support the employees of the District who work hard every day to give our children the best facilities, meals, transportation and education possible. This is an exciting time in Pasco as we further expand our Science Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) curriculum, preparing our students for college and for the high-demand jobs and careers that await them in our community and beyond, and I am excited to be part of it. I have a vested interest in the future of our schools because my grandchildren are Pasco students, like their parents and grandparents before them. I am proud to be a part of the tradition of excellence in education in Pasco. I am grateful that I live in a community that values and supports the education of our children. I would appreciate your continued support as we move forward together in support of our children."

What was at stake?

Incumbents Lancon, William Leggett and Darrell Toombs sought re-election during the November 5, 2013 general election. Leggett was seeking a fifth term on the board against challenger Steven A. Christensen while Lancon ran for a second full term against Javier Ruiz. Toombs was appointed to the board in April 2013 and sought a first full term against challenger Amy L. Phillips.

Growing enrollment, tightening budget

The district has experienced a 16.7% increase in enrollment between 2008 and 2012. This growth in enrollment could strain district resources in the near future based on budget projections. In a work session on August 27, 2013, the Board of Directors discussed a budget shortfall expected with the expiration of the current maintenance and operations levy in December 2014. The district currently receives $4.46 per $1,000 of assessed property value to fill in gaps left by state funding and other revenue. A tax levy increase of at least $0.10 per $1,000 would be necessary to fill the expected budget gap. Superintendent Saundra Hill and board members in attendance voiced no support for an increased tax levy on the February 2014 ballot, focusing instead on studying potential cuts in the budget while maintaining the current levy amount.[5]

About the district

See also: Pasco School District, Washington
Pasco School District is located in Franklin County, Washington
The City of Pasco in Franklin County is located along the Columbia River in southeastern Washington. The population of Pasco was 59,781 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[6]


Pasco lags behind state averages for higher education achievement, median income and poverty rate. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (14.9%) is below the state average (31.4%). The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Pasco's median income at $47,252 while the state median income was $58,890. Pasco had a poverty rate of 22.2% in the 2010 U.S. Census while the state rate was 12.5%.[6]

Racial Demographics, 2012[6]
Race Pasco (%) Washington (%)
White 55.8 77.3
Black or African American 1.9 3.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.5 1.5
Asian 1.9 7.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.6
Two or More Races 3.3 4.7
Hispanic or Latino 55.7 11.2

Presidential Voting Pattern[7]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 37.1 60.7
2008 37.4 61.1
2004 31.6 65.5
2000 32.5 60.1

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[8][9]

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