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Susan Goding
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Highline Board of Directors, District 3
Term ends
November 2017
Years in position 10
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 2005
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of California-Berkeley
ProfessionProcess lab specialist
Office website
Susan Goding currently represents District 3 on the Highline Board of Directors in Washington. She defeated challenger Miles Partman in the November 5, 2013 general election. Goding was first elected to the board in 2005.


Goding earned a B.S. in Soil Environment from the University of California-Berkeley in 1993. She has worked as a process lab specialist with King County Wastewater Treatment Plant since 1999. Goding has served on the Washington State School Director's Association's Urban/Suburban Task Force since 2010.[1]



See also: Highline Public Schools elections (2013)


Goding sought a third term on the board against challenger Miles Partman on November 5, 2013.


Highline Public Schools, Four-year term, District 3, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSusan Goding Incumbent 76.4% 16,555
     Nonpartisan Miles Partman 22.9% 4,972
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.6% 140
Total Votes 21,667
Source: King County Elections, "Certified Results," November 25, 2013


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


Goding won re-election to the board without opposition on November 3, 2009.

Highline Board of Directors, District 3, November 3, 2009
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSusan Goding 98.4% 17,892
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 1.6% 292
Total Votes 18,184
Source: King County Elections

Campaign themes


Goding provided the following statement for the 2013 Local Voters' Pamphlet in King County:[1]

"Support High Education Goals for All Students

While I have been on the Highline School Board we have set high goals for our students in reading, math and behavior. Math scores are up. K-5 students have a new music curriculum, GamePlan. The new Strategic Plan provides more opportunities for students to learn another language.

Wants All Students Able to Follow Their Dream

I care about not only what students are taught but also how students are educated. It is important that students learn in a creative, self-directed and high achieving environment. I want Highline to be the leader in great ideas, to recognize good ideas when we see them, and to duplicate the best innovative ideas of other school districts. Students should graduate capable and ready for their future.

Thank you for your past support and I hope you will support me for re-election to Highline School Director, District 3.

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

What was at stake?

Incumbent Angelica M. Alvarez won re-election to the board without opposition in District 2. Goding defeated challenger Miles Partman to retain her District 3 seat.

About the district

See also: Highline Public Schools, Washington
Highline Public Schools is located in King County, Washington
Highline Public Schools is a school district in King County, Washington with administrative offices in Burien. The district serves students in communities throughout the southwestern portion of the county including Burien, Des Moines, Normandy Park and SeaTac.[3] The population of Burien was 33,313 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[4]


Burien lags behind the rest of Washington based on median income, poverty levels and higher education achievement. The 2010 U.S. Census found the median income in Burien was $51,858 while the state median income was $58,890. The city's poverty rate was 14.5% compared to the state's 12.5% poverty rate. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (26.5%) was lower than the state average (31.4%).[4]

Racial Demographics, 2010[4]
Race Burien (%) Washington (%)
White 63.5 77.3
Black or African American 5.9 3.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.5 1.5
Asian 9.9 7.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 1.8 0.6
Two or More Races 5.9 4.7
Hispanic or Latino 20.7 11.2

Presidential Voting Pattern[5]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 68.7 28.3
2008 70.0 28.0
2004 65.0 33.7
2000 60.0 34.4

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

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