Lisa Connors

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Lisa Connors
Auburn Board of Directors, District 5
In office
2007 - September 2014
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First elected2007
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Washington
ProfessionAdministrative assistant
Office website
Lisa Connors represented District 5 on the Auburn Board of Directors in Washington. She was first elected to the board in 2007. Connors won re-election without opposition on November 5, 2013. She resigned from the board in September 2014 to accept an offer of employment in the school district. Ryan Van Quill was appointed to fill the vacancy created by her resignation. The unexpired term is on the ballot on November 3, 2015.[1]

She was previously a 2012 Republican candidate for District 31b of the Washington House of Representatives.


Connors earned a Bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences from the University of Washington. She currently works as an administrative assistant for the CEO of Western Peterbilt. Connors has been involved with the Auburn High School PTSA and Auburn Youth Resources. She has three sons who are currently attending district schools.[2][3]



See also: Auburn School District elections (2013)


Connors sought a second full term on the board without opposition on November 5, 2013.


Auburn Board of Directors, Four-year term, District 5, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLisa Connors Incumbent 98.5% 10,663
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 1.5% 163
Total Votes 10,826
Source: King County Elections, "Results," November 25, 2013


Connors reported no contributions or expenditures to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission.[4]


See also: Washington House of Representatives elections, 2012

Connors ran in the 2012 election for Washington House of Representatives, District 31b. Connors ran unopposed in the August 7 blanket primary election and was defeated by incumbent Christopher Hurst (D) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[5][6]

Washington House of Representatives, District 31b, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngChristopher Hurst Incumbent 55.3% 32,462
     Republican Lisa Connors 44.7% 26,237
Total Votes 58,699


Connors won a first full term on the board by defeating challenger Clarissa Ruston on November 3, 2009.

Auburn Board of Directors, District 5, November 3, 2009
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLisa Connors Incumbent 52.6% 7,267
     Nonpartisan Clarissa Ruston 46.8% 6,475
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.6% 81
Total Votes 13,823
Source: King County Elections


Auburn Board of Directors, District 5 General Election, 2-year term, 2007
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLisa Connors 56.4% 6,147
     Nonpartisan Clarissa Ruston 42.9% 4,681
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.7% 78
Total Votes 10,906
Source: King County Elections, "Official Final General Election," accessed November 14, 2013

Campaign themes


Connors provided the following statement for the 2013 Local Voters' Pamphlet in King County:[3]

"As an active parent in the district, my priority is to provide an outstanding education for all students. My financial experience has helped me weigh financial decisions with student driven needs. By providing highly qualified teachers and a broad range of opportunities, we give our students the ability to achieve their goals.

I currently serve on the Legislative, Student Achievement, Capital Projects, and Board Policy subcommittees and have been actively involved in the creation of the Auburn Public Schools Foundation. My education, community involvement, and business experience makes me a qualified candidate for this position. I have served on the school board for 6 years seeing unprecedented academic success. I look forward to implementing our current strategic plan. I would appreciate your vote!"

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

What's at stake?

Laurie Bishop ran without opposition for the District 3 seat currently held by Janice Nelson, who did not file for re-election. Connors won another term on the board in District 4 without opposition.

About the district

See also: Auburn School District, Washington
Auburn School District is located in King County, Washington
Auburn District is located in King County and a portion of Pierce County in northwestern Washington. The population of Auburn was 70,180 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[7]


Auburn lags behind state averages for higher education achievement, median income and poverty. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (21.9%) surpassed the state average (31.4%). The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Auburn's median income at $56,677 while the state median income was $58,890. Auburn had a poverty rate of 13.6% in the 2010 U.S. Census while the state rate was 12.5%.[7]

Racial Demographics, 2012[7]
Race Auburn (%) Washington (%)
White 70.5 77.3
Black or African American 4.9 3.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 2.3 1.5
Asian 8.9 7.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 1.6 0.6
Two or More Races 5.4 4.7
Hispanic or Latino 12.9 11.2

Presidential Voting Pattern[8]
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: Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" percentage, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off. Read more about race and ethnicity in the Census here.[9]

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