|Former candidate for|
|Kent School Board, District 4|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|Bachelor's||Washington State University|
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.
- See also: Kent School District elections (2013)
Elliott faced Maya Vengadasalam on November 5, 2013.
|Kent School Board, General, District 5, Four-year term, 2013|
|Source: King County Elections, "Results," November 25, 2013|
|Kent School Board, Primary, District 5, 2013|
|Source: King County Elections, "August 6, 2013 Primary Election," August 20, 2013|
Burchard reported no contributions or expenditures to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission.
Elliott provided a statement of principles for the King County Local Voters' Pamphlet:
"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 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%.
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. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
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- King County Elections, "Local Voters' Pamphlet," accessed August 9, 2013
- King County Elections, "August 2013 Primary Election Results," accessed August 9, 2013
- Washington Public Disclosure Commission, "Local Candidates," accessed December 17, 2013
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Kent," accessed August 1, 2013
- King County Elections, "Election Archive," accessed August 9, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014