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Bruce Elliott

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Bruce Elliott
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Former candidate for
Kent School Board, District 4
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sWashington State University
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Bruce Elliott was a candidate for the District 5 seat on the Kent School Board in Washington. He lost election to fellow challenger Maya Vengadasalam in the November 5, 2013 election to replace Tim Clark. Elliott campaigned to maintain local control over district affairs and improving the classroom experience.


Elliott earned a B.S. in Animal Science from Washington State University in 1975. He is a board member of the King-Pierce Farm Bureau. Elliot is a cattle and crop farmer. He and his wife have two children who graduated from district schools.[1]



See also: Kent School District elections (2013)


Elliott faced Maya Vengadasalam on November 5, 2013.


General election
Kent School Board, General, District 5, Four-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMaya Vengadasalam 52.2% 13,967
     Nonpartisan Bruce Elliott 47.5% 12,717
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.4% 95
Total Votes 26,779
Source: King County Elections, "Results," November 25, 2013

Elliott placed first in the August 6, 2013 primary for the District 5 seat. He faced Maya Vengadasalam in the November 5, 2013 general election.[2]

Kent School Board, Primary, District 5, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBruce Elliott 44.1% 7,506
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMaya Vengadasalam 32.5% 5,534
     Nonpartisan Carmen Goers 23.3% 3,970
Total Votes 17,010
Source: King County Elections, "August 6, 2013 Primary Election," August 20, 2013


Burchard reported no contributions or expenditures to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission.[3]

Campaign themes


Elliott provided a statement of principles for the King County Local Voters' Pamphlet:[1]

"I am a candidate because I want to help insure that Kent schools continue to provide a quality education to our children. I am not convinced that administrative decisions like increased short days are the best for our students. We must focus the bulk of our resources in the classroom, where learning occurs. We need to maintain local control of this process, not hand it over to Washington, DC. The duty of our schools is to teach our children core subjects and help them gain practical life skills. The future of our work force and a prosperous community depends on this. We face modern challenges, but that is no excuse to fail in providing this generation with the educational foundation they need."

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

What was at stake?

Agda Burchard ran unopposed for the District 4 seat. She was appointed to the office in 2012 and is seeking her first full term in office. Elliott and Maya Vengadasalam sought the District 5 seat currently held by Tim Clark. Clark did not file for re-election because he is running to be the Mayor of Kent.

About the district

See also: Kent School District, Washington
Kent School District is located in King County, Washington
Kent School District is located in the City of Kent in King County, Washington. The population of Kent was 118,588 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[4]


Kent lagged behind state averages for higher education achievement and median income while lagging behind in poverty levels. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (25.3%) fell below the state average (31.4%). The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Kent's median income at $58,622 while the state median income was $58,890. Kent had a poverty rate of 15.6% in the 2010 U.S. Census while the state rate was 12.5%.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2012[4]
Race Kent (%) Washington (%)
White 55.5 77.3
Black or African American 11.3 3.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.0 1.5
Asian 15.2 7.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 1.9 0.6
Two or More Races 6.5 4.7
Hispanic or Latino 16.6 11.2

Presidential Voting Pattern[5]
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 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.[6] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

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