Susan Phillips (Washington)

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Susan Phillips
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Edmonds School Board, District 4
Former officeholder
In office
2007 - March 2014
Board Vice President
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 3, 2009
Term limitsN/A
ProfessionTravel professional
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Susan Phillips represented District 4 on the Edmonds School Board in Washington. She was first appointed to the board in 2007. Phillips won re-election to the board against challenger Leticia Solis in the November 5, 2013, election. She resigned from the board in March 2014 after missing several board meetings due to her husband's health. April Nowak was appointed to the vacant seat May 13, 2014.[1] The seat's unexpired term is up for election on November 3, 2015.


Phillips has worked as instructor of hospitality and tourism courses at Edmonds Community College since 2000. She is also a Senior Operations Manager for Travel Concepts.[2] Phillips and her husband have two children who attended district schools.[3]



See also: Edmonds School District elections (2013)


Phillips won a second full term on the Edmonds School Board on November 5, 2013 against Leticia Solis.


Edmonds School Board, Four-year term, District 4, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSusan Phillips Incumbent 75.1% 23,704
     Nonpartisan Leticia Solis 24.2% 7,632
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.7% 215
Total Votes 31,551
Source: Snohomish County Auditor's Office, "Snohomish County General Election Results," November 25, 2013


Phillips reported no contributions or expenditures to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission.[4]


Phillips did not receive any endorsements in this election.


Phillips won her first full term on the board in the November 3, 2009 election against Mark Zandberg.

Edmonds School Board, District 4, Four-year term, November 3, 2009
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSusan Phillips Incumbent 66% 21,172
     Nonpartisan Mark Zandberg 34% 10,895
Total Votes 32,067
Source: Snohomish County Auditor, "November 3, 2009 General Election Results," November 24, 2009

Campaign themes


Phillips provided the following statement for the 2013 Local Voters' Pamphlet in Snohomish County:[5]

"As current Vice President, and former President, of the Edmonds School Board, I work to improve our school system, support teachers and staff, and strengthen relationships between school, community, and home. I work collaboratively with fellow board members to improve learning for all students and provide teachers the support needed to maximize their student’s success. Serving since 2007, I continue to work with state legislators on educational priorities including school funding.

My family, including our two children, has lived in the community for 18 years. I have been involved with the Edmonds School District and community advocacy for more than 15 years. I volunteer with parent clubs and school-based community groups; such contact enables me to better make decisions in the interest of all students. I have worked diligently to be a voice for all students amidst diminishing resources.

The education of our children is our community’s greatest responsibility. I look forward to representing you as I continue serving on the Board to set district policy, engage our community and help shape the leaders of tomorrow."

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

What was at stake?

Incumbent Ann McMurray won election to a third term in District 2 without opposition on November 5, 2013. Phillips ran successfully for a second term against challenger Leticia Solis.

About the district

See also: Edmonds School District, Washington
Edmonds School District is located in Snohomish County, Washington
The City of Edmonds in Snohomish County is located along the Puget Sound in northwestern Washington. The population of Edmonds was 39,698 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[6]


Edmonds outpaced state averages for higher education achievement, median income, and poverty rate. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (43.6%) is above the state average (31.4%). The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Edmonds's median income at $72,452 while the state median income was $58,890. Edmonds had a poverty rate of 7.8% in the 2010 U.S. Census while the state rate was 12.5%.[6]

Racial Demographics, 2012[6]
Race Edmonds(%) Washington (%)
White 83.4 77.3
Black or African American 2.6 3.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.7 1.5
Asian 7.1 7.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.3 0.6
Two or More Races 4.1 4.7
Hispanic or Latino 5.3 11.2

Presidential Voting Pattern[7]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 56.8 40.0
2008 58.1 39.3
2004 53.0 45.5
2000 51.6 43.6

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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