Warren T. Smith

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Warren T. Smith
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Bethel Board of Directors, District 1
Term ends
November 2017
Years in position 3
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
AppointedDecember 2012
Term limitsN/A
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Army
Years of service1970-1972
Office website
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Warren T. Smith currently represents District 1 on the Bethel Board of Directors in Washington. He was first appointed to the board on December 2012 to replace Ron Morehouse.[1] Smith won re-election without opposition in the November 5, 2013 general election. He previously served on the board from 1986 to 1999.[2]


Smith served in the military police for the U.S. Army from 1970 to 1972. He worked as a communications manager with US West from 1973 to 1994 before his retirement. Smith served on the Washington Board of Education as well as the National Assessment Governing Board.[3]



See also: Bethel School District elections (2013)


Smith sought a full term on the board without opposition on November 5, 2013.


Bethel Board of Directors, Four-year term, District 1, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngWarren T. Smith Incumbent 97.5% 13,374
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 2.5% 349
Total Votes 13,723
Source: Pierce County Elections, "November 5, 2013 General Election," November 25, 2013


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

Campaign themes


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

"My interest and willingness to serve as a member of the Bethel School Board is best illustrated by my involvement in public education policy for the past twenty eight years. I have served as a member of the Bethel School Board (1986-1999), regional chairperson for the National School Board Association (NSBA), and the State Board of Education (2000-2011). I was appointment to the National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB) October 2007 by former U.S. Secretary if Education Margaret Spellings representing the fifty State Boards of Education. NAGB sets policy for the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP), commonly known as the Nation"s Report Card.

The knowledge, understanding, and experience I have gained over the past twenty-four years at the local, state, and national level has proven to be invaluable in helping me to understand the many challenges and opportunities facing our educational system. Local district are working tirelessly tirelessly trying to creat policies and make system wide changes that will prepare all students to be competitive in a local and global market place by meeting current educational standards."

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

What was at stake?

Incumbents Smith and Stan Chapin won re-election to the board without opposition in Districts 1 and 3. Newcomers Amy Pivetta Hoffman and Rick E. Payne sought an unexpired two-year term in District 4. The District 4 seat was held by appointee Michael Audas, who did not file for election.

About the district

See also: Bethel School District, Washington
Bethel School District is located in Pierce County, Washington
Bethel School District is based out of Spanaway and serves local communities in southeastern Pierce County. District schools serve students in Graham, Puyallup, Roy, Spanaway and Tacoma. The population of Pierce County was 795,225 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[6]


Pierce County lags behind the rest of Washington based on median income and higher education achievement while outperforming the state poverty rate. The 2010 U.S. Census found the median income in Pierce County was $58,824 while the state median income was $58,890. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (23.6%) was lower than the state average (31.4%). The city's poverty rate was 11.6% compared to the state's 12.5% poverty rate.[6]

Racial Demographics, 2010[6]
Race Pierce County (%) Washington (%)
White 76.8 81.6
Black or African American 7.2 3.9
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.6 1.8
Asian 6.3 7.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 1.4 0.7
Two or More Races 6.6 4.3
Hispanic or Latino 9.6 11.7

Presidential Voting Pattern[7]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 54.4 43.3
2008 54.9 42.8
2004 50.4 48.0
2000 51.4 44.0

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.[8]

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