Susan Chapin

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Susan Chapin
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Spokane Public Schools, Position 1
Term ends
November 2019
Years in position 8
Board Vice President
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
AppointedJanuary 2007
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sWashington State University
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Susan Chapin currently represents Position 1 on the Spokane Public Schools Board of Directors in Washington. She was first elected to the board in 2007. Chapin won re-election without opposition on November 5, 2013.


Chapin earned her nursing degree from Washington State University. She has been a registered nurse since 1979 and currently serves as Infection Control Coordinator at Sacred Heart Medical Center. Chapin has two children who graduated from Spokane Public Schools.[1]



See also: Spokane Public Schools elections (2013)


Chapin sought re-election to the Position 1 seat on the Board of Directors without opposition on November 5, 2013.


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


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


Chapin first won election to the board on November 6, 2007. She defeated challenger Kitara McClure for the Position 1 seat to win a full term after her appointment in January 2007.[3][4]

Spokane Public Schools Board of Directors, 2007
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSusan Chapin 66.7% 31,323
     Nonpartisan Kitara McClure 33.3% 15,648
Total Votes 46,971
Source: Spokane County Elections

Campaign themes


Chapin provided the following statement for the 2013 Local Voters' Pamphlet for Spokane County:[5]

"I seek re-election to continue my work on increasing graduation rates, expanding classroom program options, maintaining a strong presence of the arts in our schools and providing challenging academic programs that prepare all students for a successful life after graduation. I commit to assuring good stewardship of your tax dollars. My first term on the Board is proof that these are promises I will keep. As a parent and lifelong Spokane resident I know firsthand what our schools have meant to me, our community and their impact on the lives of our children for generations to come."

Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.

What was at stake?

Incumbent Chapin sought re-election to the Position 1 seat without opposition. Bob Douthitt faced challenger Sally Fullmer for a second term in the Position 2 seat.


A current discussion within the district deals with the development of charter schools. 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.[6] The Washington State Board of Education approved Spokane as the first district with charter school authorization powers on September 11, 2013.[7]

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.[8]


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%.[8]

Racial Demographics, 2012[8]
Race Battle Ground (%) 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[9][10]
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.[11][12]

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