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My-Linh Thai

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My-Linh Thai
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Bellevue School District, District 5
Term ends
November 2017
Years in position 2
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Washington
Campaign website
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My-Linh Thai currently represents District 5 on the Bellevue Board of Directors in Washington. She defeated fellow challenger Ed Luera in the November 5, 2013 general election to replace outgoing member Paul Mills. Thai campaigned to improve diversity, creativity and leadership education in district schools.


Thai and her family came to the United States as refugees from Vietnam in 1993. She earned a Bachelor's degree in Pharmacy at the University of Washington in 1992. Thai has worked as a staff pharmacist at ShopKo and the manager of a medical practice. She works with the Somerset Elementary PTSA on the Scholarship Committee and Auction Committee. Thai and her husband, Don, have two children attending district schools.[1][2]



See also: Bellevue School District elections (2013)


Thai ran against fellow challenger Ed Luera on November 5, 2013.


General election
Bellevue School District, Four-year term, District 5, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMy-Linh Thai 57% 15,642
     Nonpartisan Ed Luera 42.8% 11,734
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.3% 71
Total Votes 27,447
Source: King County Elections, "Certified Results," November 25, 2013

Thai won the primary held on August 6, 2013 for District 4 of the Bellevue Board of Directors. Thai and Ed Luera advanced to the November 5, 2013 general election.[3]

Bellevue Board of Directors, Primary, District 4, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMy-Linh Thai 40.9% 7,611
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngEd Luera 35.1% 6,533
     Nonpartisan Erik Fretheim 24% 4,459
Total Votes 18,603
Source: King County Elections


Thai reported $12,044.00 in contributions and $10,258.64 in expenditures to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission, which left her campaign with $1,785.36 on hand.[4]


Thai's campaign website listed the following endorsements in 2013:[5]

  • Bellevue Education Association
  • The Seattle Times
  • Al Sugiyama
  • Allie Wu
  • Ann Oxrieder

Campaign themes


Thai provided the following statement for the King County Local Voters' Pamphlet ahead of the August 6, 2013 primary:[6]

"Bellevue has the fastest growing immigrant population in Washington State. As a Vietnamese refugee who attended Federal Way High School and graduated from the University of Washington, I bring a unique perspective to the School Board by facilitating understanding and communication of cultural and educational values of people from diverse backgrounds, and bringing them together to articulate a common purpose. A seat on the board will allow me to achieve that purpose and continue the pursuit of excellence as a school district. I therefore ask for YOUR VOTE for Bellevue School Board."

What was at stake?

Incumbent Chris Marks sought a third term without opposition in District 3. Tracy Trojovsky and Krischanna Roberson ran for an unexpired two-year term in District 4 left open by the resignation of current member Michael Murphy.[7] The District 5 race to replace outgoing member Paul Mills included newcomers Thai and Ed Luera.

About the district

See also: Bellevue School District, Washington
Bellevue School District is located in King County, Washington
Bellevue School District is located in the City of Bellevue in King County, Washington. The population of Bellevue was 122,363 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[8]


Bellevue outperforms state averages for higher education achievement, median income and poverty. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (60.7%) exceeds the state average (31.4%). The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Bellevue's median income at $84,503, while the state median income was $58,890. Bellevue had a poverty rate of 6.6% in the 2010 U.S. Census while the state rate was 12.5%.[8]

Racial Demographics, 2012[8]
Race Bellevue (%) Washington (%)
White 62.6 77.3
Black or African American 2.3 3.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4 1.5
Asian 27.6 7.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.2 0.6
Two or More Races 3.9 4.7
Hispanic or Latino 7.0 11.2

Presidential Voting Pattern[9]
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.[10] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

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