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Vancouver Public Schools elections (2013)

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2013 Vancouver School District Elections

General Election date:
November 5, 2013
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
Elections
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
References
See also
Washington
Vancouver School District
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Two seats were up for election on the Vancouver Board of Directors on November 5, 2013. Seats in Positions 2 and 3 were on the ballot. Mark Stoker ran unopposed and won the Position 2 seat while Kathy Gillespie overcame Lisa Phifer Ross for the Position 3 seat.

About the district

See also: Vancouver Public Schools, Washington
Vancouver Public Schools is located in Clark County, Washington
Vancouver is the county seat of Clark County, which is situated along the Columbia River in southwestern Washington. Vancouver's population was 161,791 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[1]

Demographics

Vancouver 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 Vancouver was $50,387 while the state median income was $58,890. The city's poverty rate was 15.5% compared to the state's 12.5% poverty rate. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (23.5%) was lower than the state average (31.4%).[1]

Racial Demographics, 2012[1]
Race Vancouver (%) Washington (%)
White 80.9 77.3
Black or African American 2.9 3.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.0 1.5
Asian 5.0 7.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 1.0 0.6
Two or More Races 4.8 4.7
Hispanic or Latino 10.4 11.2

Presidential Voting Pattern[2]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 57.1 42.1
2008 51.9 46.8
2004 46.7 52.0
2000 45.6 49.6


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.[3]

Method of board member selection

The Vancouver Board of Directors consists of five members elected to four-year terms. There was no primary election in 2013 because there were two or fewer candidates for each open seat and a general election took place November 5, 2013. Seats in Positions 2 and 3 were on the ballot on November 5, 2013 while Positions 1, 4 and 5 will be up for election on November 3, 2015.

Elections in Washington require candidates to pay filing fees equal to 1% of a position's annual salary. Board members in Vancouver can be reimbursed up to $4,800 for district activities but do not receive salaries, which eliminates the filing fee. Candidates were required to file nominating petitions by May 17, 2013 to qualify for the November ballot. Each candidate could also submit a photo and statement of 100 words or less by May 23, 2013 for the county's local voter pamphlet.[4]

Elections

2013

Candidates

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  • Mark Stoker
    • Incumbent
    • Graduate, University of Washington and Lewis and Clark Law School
    • Attorney

  • Kathy Gillespie
    • Incumbent
  • Lisa Phifer Ross
    • Graduate, University of Alabama and Western Governors University
    • Accountant, Columbia River Mental Health Services

Results

Vancouver Board of Directors, Position 2, Four-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMark Stoker Incumbent 100% 19,226
Total Votes 19,226
Source: Clark County Auditor's Office, "November 5, 2013 General Election," November 26, 2013


Vancouver Board of Directors, Position 3, Four-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKathy Gillespie Incumbent 53% 11,974
     Nonpartisan Lisa Phifer Ross 47% 10,622
Total Votes 22,596
Source: Clark County Auditor's Office, "November 5, 2013 General Election," November 26, 2013

Endorsements

The Columbian endorsed Kathy Gillespie on October 16, 2013.[5]

Campaign finance

No contributions or expenditures were reported during the election, according to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission.[6]

Past elections

2011

Vancouver Board of Directors, Position 1, November 8, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDale Q. Rice Incumbent 65.3% 18,374
     Nonpartisan Robert Travis 33.7% 9,468
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 1% 282
Total Votes 28,124
Source: Clark County Auditor's Office, "2011 General Election Results," November 29, 2011


Vancouver Board of Directors, Position 4, November 8, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngEdri Geiger Incumbent 51.2% 14,563
     Nonpartisan Tom Kemp 48.1% 13,681
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.8% 215
Total Votes 28,459
Source: Clark County Auditor's Office, "2011 General Election Results," November 29, 2011


Vancouver Board of Directors, Position 5, November 8, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMari Greves Incumbent 97.8% 25,093
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 2.2% 566
Total Votes 25,659
Source: Clark County Auditor's Office, "2011 General Election Results," November 29, 2011

What was at stake?

Incumbent Mark Stoker won re-election to the Position 2 seat without opposition. Kathy Gillespie ran successfully for a second term on the board against challenger Lisa Phifer Ross.

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Vancouver School District election:[4]

Deadline Event
May 17, 2013 Last day to file nominating petitions
May 23, 2013 Last day to submit candidate materials for voter pamphlet
August 6, 2013 Primary day
November 5, 2013 Election day
November 26, 2013 Certification of vote results

Additional elections on the ballot

The Vancouver Board of Directors elections shared the ballot with other local, county and state measures. Residents of Vancouver voted in races for Mayor, three seats on the City Council and a seat on the Vancouver Port Commission. Voters selected 15 members of the Clark County Commission and a seat on the Clark Superior Court. The ballot also featured two statewide initiatives, five statewide advisory votes and six county advisory votes.[7]

See also

External links

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