Bill Adams

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Bill Adams
Board member, Washington Elementary Governing Board, At-large
Term ends
Years in position 9
Elections and appointments
Last election2014
First elected2006
Next general2018
Term limitsN/A
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Bill Adams is an at-large member of the Washington Elementary School District Governing Board in Glendale, Arizona. He was first elected to the board in 2006. He ran for re-election in the November 4, 2014, general election, but the election was canceled due to a lack of contested races. Adams was appointed to retain his seat on the board for another term.

Adams was also a 2014 Republican candidate for District 20 of the Arizona House of Representatives. He was defeated in the primary.


Adams owns an insurance agency, Ryan Austin & Associates, which specializes in employee benefits. He is a member of the Arizona School Board Association Board of Directors, and serves on the education and healthcare committees of WESTMARC. He is also a member of First Things First's Arizona Early Childhood Development & Health Board, Communications & Government Affairs Advisory Committee.[1]



WESD Governing Board

See also: Washington Elementary School District elections (2014)

Two at-large seats on the Washington Elementary School District Governing Board were up for election in 2014. Larry Herrera and incumbent Bill Adams were the only candidates to file for the at-large seats.[2] The Maricopa County Education Service Agency recommended that the election be cancelled and that the unopposed candidates be appointed to the governing board by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors.[3]


The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors elected to cancel the election at their September 10, 2014, meeting. They appointed Adams to retain his seat and Herrera to his first term on the board.[4]


Adams reported no contributions or expenditures to the Maricopa County Recorder's office.[5]


Adams received no official endorsements.

House District 20

See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Arizona House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on August 26, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was May 28, 2014. Amy Schwabenlender was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Paul Boyer and Anthony Kern defeated incumbent Carl Seel, Bill Adams and Thurane Aung Khin in the Republican primary. Boyer and Kern defeated Schwabenlender in the general election. Aaron Flannery (R) withdrew before the primary.[6][7][8]

Arizona House of Representatives District 20, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Boyer Incumbent 37% 25,610
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAnthony Kern 34.4% 23,799
     Democratic Amy Schwabenlender 28.6% 19,779
Total Votes 69,188

Arizona House of Representatives, District 20 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Boyer Incumbent 32.7% 9,436
Green check mark transparent.pngAnthony Kern 23.1% 6,674
Carl Seel Incumbent 16.7% 4,817
Bill Adams 15.5% 4,480
Thurane Aung Khin 12% 3,469
Total Votes 28,876


See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2010

Adams faced Kimberly Yee, incumbent Doug Quelland, and incumbent Jim Weiers in the August 24 primary. The two who receive the most votes faced Democrats Aaron Jahneke and Jackie Thrasher in the general election.[9]

Campaign themes


House District 20

Adams's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[10]


  • Excerpt: "Change the funding formula and make it easier for everyone to understand. Consider alternative funding sources such as a ballot initiative for state trust lands which would provide sustainable funding for education. Honor local control while mandating high standards for ALL students. Eliminate ALL unfunded mandates. Ensure a level playing field amongst the different education models that promotes parents' right to chose the best educational setting for their children."

Jobs & the Economy

  • Excerpt: "In order to grow our economy we must attract new businesses and bring in new jobs. Get government out of the way of business and let them do what they do best, sell product/services and create new jobs! Make it easier for businesses do to business with our state. We have a number of fine organizations such as the Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Arizona Commerce Authority, Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC), the Western Maricopa Coalition (Westmarc), the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce and many more. We need to work together and help these organizations attract new businesses, stimulate the market and bring in those much needed jobs to grow our economy!"

The Budget

  • Excerpt: "Accountability and sustainability are keys when considering spending priorities. We must have the intelligence and strength to tap into reserves when needed and the climate is right and the courage to say no when the money isn’t there."

About the district

See also: Washington Elementary School District, Arizona
Washington Elementary School District is located in Maricopa County, Arizona.
Washington Elementary School District is located in the city of Glendale in southwestern Arizona in Maricopa County. Phoenix is its county seat and the state capital. In 2013, Maricopa County was home to 4,009,412 residents according to United States Census Bureau estimates. In the 2011-2012 school year, Washington Elementary School District was the 11th-largest school district in Arizona and served 22,456 students.[11]


Maricopa County slightly overperformed compared to the rest of Arizona in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 29.5 percent of Maricopa County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 26.6 percent for Arizona as a whole. The median household income for the county was $54,385 compared to $50,256 statewide. The poverty rate in Maricopa County was 15.8 percent compared to 17.2 percent statewide.[11]

Racial Demographics, 2013[11]
Race Maricopa County (%) Arizona (%)
White 84.7 84.0
Black or African American 5.7 4.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 2.7 5.3
Asian 4.0 3.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.3 0.3
Two or More Races 2.7 2.6
Hispanic or Latino 30.0 30.3

Presidential Voting Pattern, Maricopa County[12][13]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 602,288 749,885
2008 602,166 746,448
2004 504,849 679,455
2000 386,683 479,967

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[14][15]

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  1. LinkedIn, "Bill Adams profile," accessed September 19, 2014
  2. Maricopa County Education Service Agency, "Filed Candidate Listing," accessed September 19, 2014
  3. Maricopa County Education Service Agency, "Recommended Cancellations," September 8, 2014
  4. Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, "FORMAL MEETING SUMMARY, Wednesday, September 10, 2014," accessed September 18, 2014
  5. Maricopa County Recorder, "Campaign Finance Document Search," accessed September 19, 2014
  6. Arizona Secretary of State, "Unofficial primary election results," accessed August 27, 2014
  7. Arizona Secretary of State, "2014 Primary Election," May 27, 2014
  8. Arizona Secretary of State, "Official general election candidate list," accessed September 11, 2014
  9. Arizona Secretary of State, "2010 Primary Results," accessed December 20, 2013
  10. Bill Adams for AZ, "Issues," accessed July 30, 2014
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 United States Census Bureau, "Maricopa County, Arizona, Quick Facts," accessed August 18, 2014
  12. Maricopa County Recorder, "Maricopa County Election Results Archives," accessed August 18, 2014
  13. Arizona Secretary of State, "Official Canvas of Votes for 2000 General Election," November 27, 2000
  14. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  15. 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. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.