Sally Fullmer

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Sally Fullmer
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Former candidate for
Spokane Public Schools, Position 2
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sSeattle Pacific University
Sally Fullmer was a candidate for the Position 2 seat on the Spokane Public Schools Board of Directors in Washington. She lost to incumbent Bob Douthitt on November 5, 2013. Fullmer campaigned for a more cautious approach to Common Core standards and a reduction of board terms to four years.


Fullmer earned an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education, Music Education and Piano Pedagogy from Seattle Pacific University. She has taught at schools in Seattle, Omaha, Nebraska and Papua New Guinea. Fullmer has served as the chair of the Comstock Neighborhood Council. She and her husband, Kurt, have three children who have attended Spokane Public Schools.[1]



See also: Spokane Public Schools elections (2013)


Fullmer sought election to the Position 2 seat on the Board of Directors. She ran against incumbent Bob Douthitt in the November 5, 2013 election.

Election results

Spokane Public Schools Board of Directors, Position 2, Six-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBob Douthitt Incumbent 54.1% 22,971
     Nonpartisan Sally Fullmer 44.6% 18,936
     Nonpartisan Write In 1.3% 558
Total Votes 42,465
Source: Spokane County Elections, "Election Results," November 26, 2013


Fullmer reported no contributions or expenditures to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission.[2]


Fullmer first ran for the Position 5 seat on the board in the November 8, 2011 election. She was defeated by fellow challenger Deana Brower for a six-year term.[3]

Spokane Public Schools Board of Directors, Position 5, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDeana Brower 51.9% 29,006
     Nonpartisan Sally Fullmer 48.1% 26,843
Total Votes 55,849
Source: Spokane County Elections


Fullmer's campaign website listed the following endorsements during the 2011 election:[4]

  • Laurie H. Rodgers
  • Gretchen McDevitt
  • Jim McDevitt
  • Breann Treffry
  • Bob Griffing

Campaign themes


Fullmer provided the following statement for the 2013 Local Voters' Pamphlet for Spokane County:[5]

"Every child should have the opportunity for an outstanding education. I’ll be your voice on the board, focusing on improved academic results and returning money to classrooms.

I have deep concerns about releasing local control to unproven Common Core nationalized standards that continue the current failed math program and the extensive collection of student data for sale to corporations. I will promote accountable leadership responsive to students, parents, teachers and taxpayers with full disclosure, efficient administration, four year board terms (currently six), and televised board meetings. Vote for me if you want district administrators’ recommendations carefully evaluated, not just rubberstamped."

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

What was at stake?

Incumbent Susan Chapin sought re-election to the Position 1 seat without opposition. Fullmer lost to incumbent Bob Douthitt for the Position 2 seat.


A current discussion within the district deals with the development of charter schools. A statewide initiative passed in November 2012 allowing 40 charter schools in public school districts by 2017. Superintendent Shelley Redinger has advocated the creation of charter schools since her appointment in 2012 and the district applied to the state to develop authorized charter programs.[6] The Washington State Board of Education approved Spokane as the first district with charter school authorization powers on September 11, 2013.[7]

About the district

See also: Spokane Public Schools, Washington
Spokane Public Schools is located in Spokane County, Washington
The City of Spokane is the county seat of Spokane County, which is located in eastern Washington. The city sits in the middle of the county about 20 miles west of the state's border with Idaho. The population of Spokane was 209,440 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[8]


Spokane lags behind state averages for median income, higher education achievement and poverty rate. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (29.2%) is below the state average (31.4%). The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Spokane's median income at $41,466 while the state median income was $58,890. Spokane had a poverty rate of 18.6% in the 2010 U.S. Census while the state rate was 12.5%.[8]

Racial Demographics, 2012[8]
Race Battle Ground (%) Washington (%)
White 86.7 77.3
Black or African American 2.3 3.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 2.0 1.5
Asian 2.6 7.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.6 0.6
Two or More Races 4.6 4.7
Hispanic or Latino 5.0 11.2

Presidential Voting Pattern[9][10]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 45.7 51.5
2008 48.2 49.3
2004 43.0 55.0
2000 43.4 51.9

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.[11]

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