Bob Douthitt

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Bob Douthitt
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Spokane Public Schools, Position 2
Term ends
November 2019
Years in position 8
Board President
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 6, 2007
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sPrinceton University
J.D.University of Virginia
OtherL.L.M, New York University
Office website
Campaign website
Bob Douthitt currently represents Position 2 on the Spokane Public Schools Board of Directors in Washington. He first won election to the board in 2007. Douthitt won re-election against challenger Sally Fullmer on November 5, 2013. He campaigned to increase academic rigor, reduce class sizes and build further partnerships with the community.


Douthitt earned an undergraduate degree in Economics from Princeton University. He later earned a J.D. from the University of Virginia and L.L.M. from New York University. Douthitt spent 18 years as a tax attorney before investing in 15 Great Clips salon franchises in eastern Washington. He has three children who have attended district schools.[1]



See also: Spokane Public Schools elections (2013)


Douthitt successfully sought re-election to the Position 2 seat on the Board of Directors. He ran against Sally Fullmer in the November 5, 2013 election.

Election results

Spokane Public Schools Board of Directors, Position 2, Six-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBob Douthitt Incumbent 54.1% 22,971
     Nonpartisan Sally Fullmer 44.6% 18,936
     Nonpartisan Write In 1.3% 558
Total Votes 42,465
Source: Spokane County Elections, "Election Results," November 26, 2013


Douthitt reported $19,018.04 in contributions and $18,438.46 in expenditures to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission, which left his campaign with $579.58 on hand.[2]


Douthitt's campaign website listed the following endorsements in the 2013 election:[3]

  • The Spokesman-Review[4]
  • George Nethercutt
  • Nancy Fike
  • Bill and Deborah Hyslop
  • Don Barlow
  • Matt Jones


Douthitt first won election to the board on November 6, 2007. He defeated challenger David Keller for the District 1 seat.[5][6]

Spokane Public Schools Board of Directors, 2007
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBob Douthitt 52.8% 23,850
     Nonpartisan David Keller 47.2% 21,332
Total Votes 45,182
Source: Spokane County Elections

Campaign themes


Douthitt's campaign website listed the following priorities for the 2013 campaign:[7]

Academic rigor

"Rigorous Academics, with high standards, the development of a strong work ethic, more program options (such as charter schools), and a renewed emphasis on civic learning, science and the arts. This would also include maximizing the benefit of full day kindergarten by extending the elementary school day 30 minutes."


"Budgeting by Strategic Priorities and not by Historical Precedent, with a focus on instruction in the classroom and much more disciplined program evaluation."


"Excellent Teaching, beginning with the belief each child can succeed, and including a meaningful evaluation system, smaller class size, more teacher and principal flexibility, and less standardized testing."

Community partnerships

"Effective Community Partnerships with families, non-profits, businesses and general citizens, so each complement and support one another in developing the next generation of citizens."

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

What was at stake?

Incumbent Susan Chapin sought re-election to the Position 1 seat without opposition. Douthitt faced challenger Sally Fullmer for a second term in the Position 2 seat.


A current discussion within the district deals with the development of charter schools. A statewide initiative passed in November 2012 allowing 40 charter schools in public school districts by 2017. Superintendent Shelley Redinger has advocated the creation of charter schools since her appointment in 2012 and the district applied to the state to develop authorized charter programs.[8] The Washington State Board of Education approved Spokane as the first district with charter school authorization powers on September 11, 2013.[9]

About the district

See also: Spokane Public Schools, Washington
Spokane Public Schools is located in Spokane County, Washington
The City of Spokane is the county seat of Spokane County, which is located in eastern Washington. The city sits in the middle of the county about 20 miles west of the state's border with Idaho. The population of Spokane was 209,440 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[10]


Spokane lags behind state averages for median income, higher education achievement and poverty rate. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (29.2%) is below the state average (31.4%). The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Spokane's median income at $41,466 while the state median income was $58,890. Spokane had a poverty rate of 18.6% in the 2010 U.S. Census while the state rate was 12.5%.[10]

Racial Demographics, 2012[10]
Race Battle Ground (%) Washington (%)
White 86.7 77.3
Black or African American 2.3 3.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 2.0 1.5
Asian 2.6 7.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.6 0.6
Two or More Races 4.6 4.7
Hispanic or Latino 5.0 11.2

Presidential Voting Pattern[11][12]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 45.7 51.5
2008 48.2 49.3
2004 43.0 55.0
2000 43.4 51.9

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.[13] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

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