William Leggett

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William Leggett
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Pasco Board of Directors, Position 3
Former member
Term ends
November 2013
Board Vice President
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First elected1997
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sNorthwest Nazarene College
Master'sUniversity of Missouri-Kansas City
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William Leggett is the former Position 3 member on the Pasco Board of Directors in Washington. He was first elected to the board in 1997. Leggett was defeated for re-election by challenger Steven A. Christensen in the November 5, 2013 general election.


Leggett earned a B.A. from Northwest Nazarene College and later received an M.A. in Educational Administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He served as a principal at area schools for 21 years as well as an adjunct professor at Eastern Washington University before retirement. Leggett has volunteered with the Pasco Kiwanis Club and Tri-Cities Retired Educators Association.[1]



See also: Pasco School District elections (2013)


Leggett sought a fifth term on the board against challenger Steven A. Christensen on November 5, 2013.


Pasco School District, Four-year term, Position 3, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSteven A. Christensen 55.2% 5,274
     Nonpartisan William Leggett Incumbent 44.8% 4,288
Total Votes 9,562
Source: Franklin County Auditor, "November 5, 2013 General Election," November 26, 2013


Leggett reported no contributions or expenditures to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission.[2]


The Bellingham Herald endorsed Leggett on October 10, 2013.[3]


Leggett won a fourth term on the board without opposition in the November 3, 2009, general election.

Pasco Board of Director, Primary, Position 3, November 3, 2009
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngWilliam Leggett Incumbent 100% 6,990
Total Votes 6,990
Source: Franklin County Auditor

Campaign themes


Leggett provided the following statement for the 2013 Local Voters' Pamphlet for Franklin County:[4]

"I ran for the school board in 1997 because at the time I felt the Pasco School District needed more positive leadership from its board members. I am proud that over the years we have been able to provide respected leadership, and have developed a school district that is the envy of many in the state.

During my 21 years as a Pasco principal I supervised the building of McLoughlin Middle School, and New Horizons High School. This experience proved valuable as a board member when student population soared, forcing us to build several schools.

I am proud that I was part of Pasco School District Board of Directors when we were named the 2010 “School Board of the Year” by the Washington State School Directors’ Association. In 2002, we received the National Magna Award, for a program known as the “Bulldog House,” designed to help prepare students for successful school-to-work transitions.

During my years on the board I have made a point of not just attending board meetings, but also visiting schools and talking with staff, students and parents on a regular basis.

As Pasco continues to grow, I believe my long history with the district is still needed."

What was at stake?

Incumbents Leggett, Sherry Lancon and Darrell Toombs sought re-election during the November 5, 2013 general election. Leggett was seeking 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 challenger 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.[5]

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.[6]


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%.[6]

Racial Demographics, 2012[6]
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[7]
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: 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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