Don Smith (Alaska)

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Don Smith
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Former candidate for
Board member, Anchorage School Board, Seat D
Elections and appointments
Last electionApril 2, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
The Anchorage School Board
The Anchorage Assembly
Alaska House of Representatives
1967 - 1968
High schoolAnchorage High School, 1957
Place of birthAnchorage, Alaska
Campaign website
Don Smith was a candidate for Seat D on the Anchorage school board in Alaska. He was defeated by Kameron Perez-Verdia in a general election on April 1, 2014. He was a 2012 Republican candidate for District 8 (H) of the Alaska State Senate. Smith was formerly a member of the Alaska House of Representatives, serving from 1967 to 1968, a member of the Anchorage Assembly, serving from 1975 to 1985, and a member of the Anchorage School Board, serving from 2010 to 2013.



See also: Anchorage School District elections (2014)


Don Smith challenged incumbent Kameron Perez-Verdia for Seat D in the general election on April 1, 2014.

Election results

Anchorage School District, Seat D General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKameron Perez-Verdia Incumbent 57% 23,830
     Nonpartisan Don Smith 41.9% 17,550
     Nonpartisan Write-in 1.1% 460
Total Votes 41,840
Source: Municipality of Anchorage, "Election Results," accessed June 3, 2014


Smith did not report any campaign contributions or expenditures to the Alaska Public Offices Commission.[1]


Smith did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.


Smith lost his school board seat to Bettye Davis on April 13, 2013. Smith received 44.76% of the vote.[2]


See also: Alaska State Senate elections, 2012

Smith ran in the 2012 election for Alaska State Senate District 8 (H). He defeated Clint Hess in the August 28, 2012 Republican primary and was defeated by Berta Gardner (D) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[3][4][5]

Alaska State Senate, District 8 (H), General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBerta Gardner 59.5% 6,950
     Republican Don Smith 40.5% 4,730
Total Votes 11,680
Alaska State Senate, District 8 (H) Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDon Smith 60.4% 1,348
Clint Hess 39.6% 883
Total Votes 2,231


Smith won Anchorage School Board Seat A against Tommy O'Malle, David Nees and James Labelle on April 6, 2010. He won 40.99% of the vote.[6]

What was at stake?

Two seats on the school board were up for election on April 1, 2014. Incumbents Pat Higgins and Kameron Perez-Verdia both sought re-election. They faced Liz Ross, Dean Williams and Don Smith for their respective seats.[7]

Issues in the district


In January 2014, Anchorage School District announced plans to cut 219 positions for the next school year. The plan included laying off 159 teachers: forty-seven from elementary schools, thirty-five from middle schools and thirty-three from high schools and alternative schools. Another forty-four positions are being terminated because of a projected decline in enrollment. Over the past four years, the district has cut about 419 positions, not including the newly announced cuts. District administrators are working with a $566 million operating budget for the 2014–15 school year, reportedly $23 million short of the funds the district says it needs.[8]

About the district

See also: Anchorage School District, Alaska
Anchorage School District is located in Anchorage, Alaska
Anchorage School District is located in Anchorage, Alaska. According to the 2010 census, Anchorage is home to 291,826 residents.[9] Anchorage is the largest school district in Alaska, serving 49,206 students during the 2010-2011 school year.[10]


Anchorage outperformed in comparison to the rest of Alaska in terms of education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 32.8% of Anchorage residents aged 25 years and older had attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 27.5% for Alaska as a whole.The median household income for Anchorage was $76,495 compared to $69,014 for the state of Alaska. The percentage of people below poverty level for Anchorage was 7.7% while it is 9.5% for the state of Alaska.[9]

2010 Census Data for Anchorage, Alaska[9]
Race Anchorage State of Alaska
White 67.0% 67.5%
Black or African American 6.2% 3.7%
American Indian and Alaska Native 8.1% 14.8%
Asian 8.7% 5.7%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 2,2 1.2%
Two or more race 7.8% 7.1%
Hispanic or Latino 8.2% 6.1%

Party Affiliation, 2013[11]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Independence Party 14,558 3
Republican Party 124,229 25.9
Democratic Party 74,732 15.4
Libertarian Party 9,220 1.9
Veterans Party 1,941 0.4
Green Party 2,426 0.5
Nonpartisan 77,644 16
Undeclared 176,153 36.3

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

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