Spokane Public Schools elections (2013)

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2013 Spokane Public Schools Elections

General Election date:
November 5, 2013
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
See also
Spokane Public Schools
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Two seats were up for election on the Spokane Public Schools Board of Directors on November 5, 2013. Seats in Positions 1 and 2 were on the ballot. Future board members will determine how to implement charter schools into the district. Susan Chapin was unopposed for the Position 1 seat, while Bob Douthitt defeated Sally Fullmer for the Position 2 seat.

About the district

See also: Spokane Public Schools, Washington
Spokane Public Schools is located in Spokane County, Washington
The City of Spokane is the county seat of Spokane County, which is located in eastern Washington. The city sits in the middle of the county about 20 miles west of the state's border with Idaho. The population of Spokane was 209,440 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[1]


Spokane lags behind state averages for median income, higher education achievement and poverty rate. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (29.2%) is below the state average (31.4%). The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Spokane's median income at $41,466 while the state median income was $58,890. Spokane had a poverty rate of 18.6% in the 2010 U.S. Census while the state rate was 12.5%.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2012[1]
Race Spokane (%) Washington (%)
White 86.7 77.3
Black or African American 2.3 3.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 2.0 1.5
Asian 2.6 7.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.6 0.6
Two or More Races 4.6 4.7
Hispanic or Latino 5.0 11.2

Presidential Voting Pattern[2][3]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 45.7 51.5
2008 48.2 49.3
2004 43.0 55.0
2000 43.4 51.9

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.[4][5]

Method of board member selection

The Spokane Public Schools Board of Directors consists of five members elected to six-year terms. There was not a primary election on August 6, 2013 as both board positions did not have more than two candidates. Seats in Position 1 and 2 were up for election on November 5, 2013. Voters will choose members in Position 3 and 4 in November 2015 and Position 5 in November 2017.

Elections in Washington require candidates to pay filing fees equal to 1% of a position's annual salary. Board members in Spokane can be reimbursed up to $4,800 for district activities but do not receive salaries, which eliminates the filing fee. Candidates were required to file nominating petitions by May 17, 2013 to qualify for the November ballot. Each candidate could also submit a photo and statement of 100 words or less by May 24, 2013 for the county's local voter pamphlet.[6]




  • Susan Chapin
    • Incumbent
    • Graduate, Washington State University
    • Registered nurse
  • Bob Douthitt
    • Incumbent
    • Graduate, Princeton University, University of Virginia and New York University
    • Lawyer
  • Sally Fullmer
    • Graduate, Seattle Pacific University
    • Former educator

Election results

On November 5, 2013 candidates Susan Chapin and Bob Douthitt were elected to the Spokane School District Board of Directors.

Spokane Public Schools Board of Directors, Position 1, Six-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSusan Chapin Incumbent 96.8% 32,169
     Nonpartisan Write In 3.2% 1,070
Total Votes 33,239
Source: Spokane County Elections, "Election Results," November 26, 2013

Spokane Public Schools Board of Directors, Position 2, Six-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBob Douthitt Incumbent 54.1% 22,971
     Nonpartisan Sally Fullmer 44.6% 18,936
     Nonpartisan Write In 1.3% 558
Total Votes 42,465
Source: Spokane County Elections, "Election Results," November 26, 2013


The Spokesman-Review endorsed Bob Douthitt on November 3, 2013.[7]

Campaign finance

Candidates received a total of $19,018.04 and spent a total of $18,438.46 during the election, according to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission.[8]

In the Position 1 race, no contributions or expenditures were reported during the election.

In the Position 2 race, candidates received a total of $19,018.04 and spent a total of $18,438.46.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Bob Douthitt $19,018.04 $18,438.46 $579.58
Sally Fullmer $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

Past elections


Spokane Public Schools Board of Directors, Position 5, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDeana Brower 51.9% 29,006
     Nonpartisan Sally Fullmer 48.1% 26,843
Total Votes 55,849
Source: Spokane County Elections, "Election Results," November 29, 2011

What was at stake?

Incumbent Susan Chapin sought re-election to the District 1 seat without opposition. Bob Douthitt defeated challenger Sally Fullmer to win a second term in the District 2 seat.


The issue of charter schools emerged in the district during the 2013 election. A statewide initiative passed in November 2012 allowing 40 charter schools in public school districts by 2017. Superintendent Shelley Redinger has advocated the creation of charter schools since her appointment in 2012 and the district applied to the state to develop authorized charter programs.[9] The Washington State Board of Education approved Spokane as the first district with charter school authorization powers on September 11, 2013.[10]

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Spokane Public Schools election in 2013:[11]

Deadline Event
April 29, 2013 First day to file nominating petitions by mail
May 13, 2013 First day to file nominating petitions online or in-person
May 17, 2013 Last day to file nominating petitions
May 23, 2013 Last day to submit candidate materials for voter pamphlet
August 6, 2013 Primary day
November 5, 2013 Election day
November 26, 2013 Certification of vote results

Additional elections on the ballot

The Spokane Public Schools race shared the ballot with additional city and county measures. Voters chose candidates for three seats on the Spokane City Council and three municipal judges. Spokane residents also chose commissioners for Spokane First Districts 1-5 and 8-13. The ballot also featured a single seat for a six-year term on the Spokane County Commission. Voters also casted ballots for Proposition 1, which requested a tax levy to support continued operations at Fairchild Air Force Base. There were two statewide initiatives and five advisory votes on the November 5, 2013 ballot.[12]

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