Gregory earned an A.A. from Clark College and a B.A. from the University of Washington. She served on the Governor's Small Business Improvement Council as well as an adviser to the King County Executive's Office. Gregory is currently the director of Burst of Prosperity.
Gregory faced fellow challenger Medgar Wells in the November 5, 2013 general election.
|Federal Way Board of Directors, District 4, Four-year term, 2013|
|Source: King County Elections, "Results," November 25, 2013|
|Federal Way Board of Directors, Primary, District 4, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Kenneth Lance Barton||17.6%||2,381|
|Source: King County Elections|
Gregory reported $10,173.63 in contributions and $9,778.43 in expenditures to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission, which left her campaign with $395.20 on hand.
Carol Gregory ran for the Washington House of Representatives District 30b. She defeated Anthony Kalchik, Ed Barnedy and Jerry Galland in the August 17, 2010 primary. She was defeated by Republican Katrina Asay in the November 2, 2010 general election.
|Washington State House, District 30b Primary, 2010|
|Source: Washington Secretary of State|
Gregory provided the following statement of principles in the 2013 Local Voters' Pamphlet published by King County for the general election:
"I am running for Federal Way School Board because I am passionate about sharing my extensive educational background and experience to ensure that all children get the education necessary to contribute to a global society.
The next few years will require very important decisions to be made by the Federal Way School Board. As our economy diversifies we must take crucial steps to prepare children for jobs of the future. I have the knowledge and resolve to help make significant decisions that lead to positive educational results for children and our economy.
I have a unique wealth of experience; as a teacher and administrator, a policy maker at the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, and proud grandparent of a recent graduate from Federal Way High School, attending the University of Washington, and two others currently enrolled in Federal Way schools.
I will work diligently to connect the resources in the community to the schools, and to build bridges between schools, families, community, civic and employer partners, underscoring the power of working together to support tomorrow’s leaders."
Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.
What was at stake?
Incumbent Ed Barney sought a fourth term in the District 1 seat against challenger Geoffery Z. McAnalloy. Newcomers Gregory and Medgar Wells ran for the District 4 seat currently held by Angela Griffin, who did not file for election.
The Board of Education is facing increased scrutiny from local residents over travel spending and the recent removal of Tony Moore from the board presidency. At a board meeting on October 15, parents confronted the board over $60,000 in travel expenses accrued as part of the district's participation in the Global Partnership for Education. Board members argued that trips to Europe and Asia were necessary to study international education while critics argued that the money could have been used for classroom resources.
The board voted 3-2 at the October 15 meeting to remove Moore as president after his arrest in September for felony theft. Moore was indicted by an Oregon jury on August 23 on charges that he conspired to steal $150,000 worth of commercial tires for his salvage business.
About the district
- See also: Federal Way Public Schools, Washington
Federal Way lagged behind state averages for higher education achievement, median income and poverty. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (25.4%) fell below the state average (31.4%). The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Federal Way's median income at $55,846 while the state median income was $58,890. Federal Way had a poverty rate of 15.4% 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.
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- Burst for Prosperity, "Staff," accessed August 12, 2013
- King County Elections, "August 6, 2013 Primary Results," accessed August 12, 2013
- Washington Public Disclosure Commission, "Local Candidates," accessed December 17, 2013
- Federal Way Education Association, "Home," accessed August 12, 2013
- The Bellingham Herald, "Our choices in Federal Way city and school board races," October 9, 2013
- Washington Secretary of State, "August 17, 2010 Primary Results," accessed August 12, 2013
- King County Elections, "Local Voters' Pamphlet," accessed October 1, 2013
- Seattle Times, " Federal Way School Board president steps down," October 16, 2013
- Seattle Times, "Federal Way School Board president indicted in alleged tire-theft scheme," September 24, 2013
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Federal Way," accessed August 9, 2013
- King County Elections, "Election Archive," accessed August 9, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014