Ted Wenta

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Ted Wenta
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Everett Public Schools, Seat 1
Term ends
November 2019
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sCalifornia Polytechnic State University
ProfessionOperations executive
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Ted Wenta currently represents Seat 1 on the Everett Public Schools Board of Directors in Washington. He defeated fellow challenger Rod Reynolds in the November 5, 2013 election to replace Ed Petersen, who did not file for re-election.


Wenta earned a B.A. in Speech Communications from California Polytechnic State University. He has worked with the YMCA for 26 years and currently works as Vice President of Operations for YMCA of Snohomish County. Wenta and his wife have three children who have graduated from district schools[1]



See also: Everett Public Schools elections (2013)


Wenta sought election to the board for Seat 1 against fellow challenger Rod Reynolds.


Everett Public Schools, Six-year term, Seat 1, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngTed Wenta 53.8% 12,560
     Nonpartisan Rod Reynolds 45.3% 10,586
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.9% 212
Total Votes 23,358
Source: Snohomish County Auditor's Office, "Snohomish County General Election Results," November 25, 2013


Wenta reported $9,186.82 in contributions and $8,802.28 in expenditures to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission, which left his campaign with $384.54 on hand.[2]


Wenta's campaign website listed the following endorsements for the 2013 campaign:[3]

  • Everett Mayor Ray Stephenson
  • Snohomish County Executive John Lovick
  • Bob Drewel
  • Mill Creek Mayor Mike Todd
  • Connie Niva
  • Richard N. Smith

Campaign themes


Wenta provided the following statement for the 2013 Local Voters' Pamphlet in Snohomish County:[4]

"Our schools need to equip students for success today, while they're in school, and for success tomorrow, after they graduate. I will advocate for success today by investing in the classroom; ensuring our curriculum offers rigor; and championing equity and access for all students that knows no demographic boundaries.

I will advocate for success tomorrow by ensuring every graduate is prepared to advance to college or begin pursuing his or her career, and has the skills necessary to compete in the global economy. I am eager to put my expertise to work for our students and our community."

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

What was at stake?

Wenta and Rod Reynolds sought election to Seat 1 on the board currently held by Ed Petersen. Petersen did not file for election to a second full term. Carol Andrews ran for a second term in Seat 2 against challenger Kim Guymon.

About the district

See also: Everett Public Schools, Washington
Everett Public Schools is located in Snohomish County, Washington
The City of Everett in Snohomish County is located along the Puget Sound in northwestern Washington. The population of Everett was 103,022 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[5]


Everett lagged behind state averages for median income, higher education achievement and poverty rate in the 2010 U.S. Census. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (20.3%) was below the state average (31.4%). The U.S. Census calculated Everett's median income at $48,410 while the state median income was $58,890. Everett had a poverty rate of 16.4% while the state rate was 12.5%.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2012[5]
Race Everett (%) Washington (%)
White 74.6 77.3
Black or African American 4.1 3.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.4 1.5
Asian 7.8 7.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.7 0.6
Two or More Races 5.3 4.7
Hispanic or Latino 14.2 11.2

Presidential Voting Pattern[6]
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: Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" percentage, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off. Read more about race and ethnicity in the Census here.[7]

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