Bellevue School District elections (2013)

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2013 Bellevue 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
Bellevue School District
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Three seats were up for election on the Bellevue Board of Directors. Seats in District 3, 4 and 5 were on the general election ballot on November 5, 2013. Chris Marks ran unopposed and won the District 3 seat, Krischanna Roberson defeated Tracy Trojovsky for the District 4 seat and My-Linh Thai defeated Ed Luera for the District 5 seat.

About the district

See also: Bellevue School District, Washington
Bellevue School District is located in King County, Washington
Bellevue School District is located in the City of Bellevue in King County, Washington. The population of Bellevue was 122,363 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[1]

Demographics

Bellevue outperforms state averages for higher education achievement, median income and poverty. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (60.7%) exceeds the state average (31.4%). The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Bellevue's median income at $84,503, while the state median income was $58,890. Bellevue had a poverty rate of 6.6% in the 2010 U.S. Census while the state rate was 12.5%.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2012[1]
Race Bellevue (%) Washington (%)
White 62.6 77.3
Black or African American 2.3 3.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4 1.5
Asian 27.6 7.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.2 0.6
Two or More Races 3.9 4.7
Hispanic or Latino 7.0 11.2

Presidential Voting Pattern[2]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 68.7 28.3
2008 70.0 28.0
2004 65.0 33.7
2000 60.0 34.4

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 100.0%. Each column will add up to 100.0% after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.[3]

Method of board member selection

The Bellevue Board of Directors consists of five members elected by district to four-year terms. There was a primary election on August 6, 2013 in District 5 while Districts 3 and 4 did not hold primaries as each seat had fewer than three candidates. Seats in Districts 1, 2 and 4 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 Bellevue 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 August 23, 2013 for the county's local voter pamphlet.[4]


Elections

2013

Candidates

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  • Tracy Trojovsky
    • Graduate, Idaho State University
    • Assistant manager, Flagstar Bank
  • Krischanna Roberson
    • Graduate, St. Leo University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    • Director of Operations, Bellevue College

  • Ed Luera
    • Graduate, Harvard College and Columbia University
    • Vice President of Leasing and Marketing, Clise Properties, Inc.
  • My-Linh Thai
    • Graduate, University of Washington

Results

General election
Bellevue School District, Four-year term, District 3, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngChris Marks Incumbent 99% 21,039
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 1% 222
Total Votes 21,261
Source: King County Elections, "Certified Results," November 25, 2013


Bellevue School District, Four-year term, District 4, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKrischanna Roberson 60% 14,817
     Nonpartisan Tracy Trojovsky 39.6% 9,776
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.3% 85
Total Votes 24,678
Source: King County Elections, "Certified Results," November 25, 2013


Bellevue School District, Four-year term, District 5, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMy-Linh Thai 57% 15,642
     Nonpartisan Ed Luera 42.8% 11,734
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.3% 71
Total Votes 27,447
Source: King County Elections, "Certified Results," November 25, 2013
Primary

A primary was held on August 6, 2013 for District 4 of the Bellevue Board of Directors. My-Linh Thai and Ed Luera advanced to the November 5, 2013 general election.[5]

Bellevue Board of Directors, Primary, District 4, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMy-Linh Thai 40.9% 7,611
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngEd Luera 35.1% 6,533
     Nonpartisan Erik Fretheim 24% 4,459
Total Votes 18,603
Source: King County Elections

Forums

Candidates Krischanna Roberson, Ed Luera and My-Linh Thai participated in a forum on October 8, 2013 at Newport Hills Elementary. The candidates were largely in agreement about the need for proactive efforts against bullying and a smarter approach to facilities planning. Roberson noted that the biggest challenge facing the district is uniting families with district services including English as a Second Language (ESL) programs and accommodations for students with disabilities. Thai argued that communicating the long-term goals of the district to parents was critical to community engagement. Luera believes that the district must find new methods of engaging students in order to improve academic performance.[6]

Endorsements

On October 3, 2013, the Seattle Times endorsed Krischanna Roberson for District 4 and My-Linh Thai for District 5 in the general election.[7]

Campaign finance

Candidates received a total of $15,869.00 and spent a total of $10,258.64 during the election, according to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission.[8]

In the District 3 race, no contributions or expenditures were reported during the election.

In the District 4 race, no contributions or expenditures were reported during the election.

In the District 5 race, candidates received a total of $15,869 and spent a total of $10,258.64.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Ed Luera $3,825.00 $0 $3,825.00
My-Linh Thai $12,044.00 $10,258.64 $1,785.36

Past elections

2011

Bellevue Board of Directors, District 1, November 8, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSteve McConnell 51% 14,724
     Nonpartisan Betsy Johnson 49% 14,148
Total Votes 28,872
Source: King County Elections
Bellevue Board of Directors, District 2, November 8, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngChristine Chew Incumbent 98.9% 22,670
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 1.1% 260
Total Votes 22,930
Source: King County Elections
Bellevue Board of Directors, District 4, November 8, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Murphy Incumbent 98.9% 22,399
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 1.1% 241
Total Votes 22,640
Source: King County Elections

What was at stake?

Incumbent Chris Marks sought a third term without opposition in District 3. Tracy Trojovsky and Krischanna Roberson ran for an unexpired two-year term in District 4 left open by the resignation of current member Michael Murphy.[9] The District 5 race to replace outgoing member Paul Mills included newcomers Ed Luera and My-Linh Thai.

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Bellevue School District election in 2013:[4]

Deadline Event
April 29, 2013 First day to file nominating petitions by mail
May 13, 2013 First day to file nominating petitions online or in-person
May 17, 2013 Last day to file nominating petitions
August 6, 2013 Primary day
August 23, 2013 Last day to submit candidate materials for voter pamphlet
November 5, 2013 Election day
December 5, 2013 Certification of vote results

Additional elections on the ballot

The Bellevue School District race shared the ballot with additional city and county measures. Bellevue ballots featured races for three seats on the Bellevue City Council. Voters also found the following King County offices on the ballot:[10]

  • King County Executive
  • Metropolitan King County Council (Five seats)
  • King County Sheriff
  • King County Court of Appeals
  • King County Superior Court
  • Special districts
    • King County Airport
    • King County Fire Protection
    • King County Public Hospital
    • King County Water

King County voters also cast ballots on renewing an existing levy to fund emergency medical services and a proposition to create a Department of Public Defense. There were two statewide initiatives and five advisory votes on the November 5, 2013 ballot.[11]

See also

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