Taylor Franklin Taranto

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Taylor Franklin Taranto
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Former candidate for
Pasco Board of Directors, Position 4
Elections and appointments
Last electionAugust 6, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Navy
Years of service2004-2010
ProfessionResearch analyst
Taylor Franklin Taranto was a candidate for the Position 4 seat on the Pasco Board of Education. He lost to incumbent Sherry Lancon and challenger Javier Ruiz in the August 6, 2013 primary.


Taranto has worked as a chemical technician and grounds maintenance worker before his current job as research analyst at TFT Ind. He is also pursuing an engineering degree at Washington State University. Taranto served in the United States Navy from 2004 to 2010 including deployment to Iraq after 2007.[1]



See also: Pasco School District elections (2013)

Taranto placed third in the August 6, 2013 primary for the Position 4 seat and failed to advance to the November 5, 2013 general election.

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


Taranto's campaign blog listed the following endorsements for 2013:[2]

  • Mary Ruth Edwards
  • Samuel Good Ford

What was at stake?

Incumbents William Leggett, Sherry Lancon and Darrell Toombs sought re-election to the board in the November 5, 2013 general election. Leggett sought 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 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.[3]

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.[4]


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%.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2012[4]
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[5]
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, 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]

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