|Peninsula Board of Education, District 2|
|Years in position||8|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|First elected||November 2007|
Wojtanowicz ran for a third term on the board without opposition in the November 5, 2013 general election.
|Peninsula Board of Directors, Four-year term, District 2, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Wendy Wojtanowicz Incumbent||97.6%||15,026|
|Source: Pierce County Elections, "November 5, 2013 General Election," November 25, 2013|
Wojtanowicz reported no contributions or expenditures to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission.
Wojtanowicz won re-election to the board without opposition on November 3, 2009.
|Peninsula Board of Directors, District 2, November 3, 2009|
|Nonpartisan||Wendy Wojtanowicz Incumbent||98.4%||13,842|
|Source: Pierce County Elections|
What was at stake?
Wojtanowicz won a third term without opposition in the District 1 seat. Harlan Gallinger ran unopposed for an unexpired two-year term in District 4. The District 5 race featured incumbent Rick Jones and challenger David Olson.
A major debate within the district centers on funding for capital improvements. A 2011 bond measure totaling $78 million failed to pass the 60% approval threshold required by Washington state law. In July 2013, the Board of Directors voted unanimously to place a $50 million tax levy for capital improvements on the November ballot. Opponents of the tax levy criticized the increase in property taxes and the lower threshold for a tax levy compared to a bond measure. The measure was defeated by a five-point margin.
About the district
- See also: Peninsula School District, Washington
Gig Harbor surpasses state averages for higher education achievement, median income and poverty rate. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (44.3%) is below the state average (31.4%). The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Gig Harbor's median income at $62,421 while the state median income was $58,890. Gig Harbor had a poverty rate of 9.6% in the 2010 U.S. Census while the state rate was 12.5%.
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.
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- The News Tribune, "Peninsula School district 2," accessed August 22, 2013
- Peninsula School District, "Meet the Board," accessed August 22, 2013
- Washington Public Disclosure Commission, "Local Candidates," accessed December 17, 2013
- Pierce County Auditor, "November 3, 2009 General Election Results," accessed August 22, 2013
- Pierce County Auditor, "February 8, 2011 Special Election," accessed August 22, 2013
- Pierce County Auditor, "Validation Requirements," accessed August 22, 2013
- Gateline.com, "Peninsula School District Approves Capital Projects Levy," July 31, 2013
- Gig Harbor Patch, "Group Forms To Oppose $50 Million Peninsula School District Levy In November," August 21, 2013
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Gig Harbor," accessed August 21, 2013
- Pierce County Elections, "Archived Elections," accessed August 5, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014