Brian Tomlinson

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Brian Tomlinson
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Former candidate for
Olympia Board of Directors, District 5
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sCity University of Seattle
ProfessionIT specialist
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Brian Tomlinson was a candidate for the District 5 seat on the Olympia Board of Directors in Washington. He lost to incumbent Eileen Thomson in the November 5, 2013 general election.


Tomlinson earned a B.S. in Environmental Science from City University of Seattle. He currently works as an IT specialist with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Tomlinson is involved with community groups like the Olympia Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee and Olympia Masonic Lodge. He and his wife, Mary Jane, have two children and three grandchildren.[1][2]



See also: Olympia School District elections (2013)


Tomlinson sought election to the board against incumbent Eileen Thomson on November 5, 2013.


Olympia Board of Directors, Four-year term, District 3, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngEileen Thomson Incumbent 72.2% 11,422
     Nonpartisan Brian Tomlinson 27.8% 4,401
Total Votes 15,823
Source: Thurston County Auditor, "November 5, 2013 General Election," November 26, 2013


Tomlinson reported no contributions or expenditures to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission.[3]


Tomlinson sought election to the Olympia City Council but lost to Jim Cooper for the Position 7 seat:

Olympia City Council, Position 7, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJim Cooper 63.7% 8,001
     Nonpartisan Brian Tomlinson 36.3% 4,556
Total Votes 12,557
Source: Thurston County Auditor

Campaign themes


Tomlinson provided the following statement for the 2013 Local Voters' Pamphlet in Thurston County:[4]

"Since 1977 my wife Mary and I have opened up our home to countless families as a state licensed childcare playing a vital role in children's early development. Building up on this emphasis on early childhood education my goal is to deliver quality education to every student through reduced elementary class sizes, full-day kindergarten, procuring resources to improve school safety, and more music and PE offerings.

I am committed to investing in At-Risk students, technology investments, and staff development. The K-4 math curriculum, athletics and activities, and a better public health nurse presence are priorities for me along with improved security.

Together we can make OSD number one in the state. I will pursue appropriate education funding, promote teacher/parent collaboration, and bringing accountability to the Board. I am truly interested in devoting my time and talents to meeting this challenge, and I stand ready and willing to serve."

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

What was at stake?

Eileen Thomson sought re-election against Tomlinson for the District 3 seat. Mark Campeau ran for a second term in the District 5 seat without opposition.

About the district

See also: Olympia School District, Washington
Olympia School District is located in Thurston County, Washington
Olympia School District is located in the capital city of Olympia, Washington in Thurston County. The population of Olympia was 46,478 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[5]


Olympia outperforms the state average for higher education achievement but lags behind median income and poverty rate. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (43.3%) exceeds the state average (31.4%). The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Olympia's median income at $52,371 while the state median income was $58,890. Olympia had a poverty rate of 15.8% in the 2010 U.S. Census while the state rate was 12.5%.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2012[5]
Race Olympia (%) Washington (%)
White 83.7 77.3
Black or African American 2.0 3.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.1 1.5
Asian 6.0 7.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.4 0.6
Two or More Races 5.0 4.7
Hispanic or Latino 6.3 11.2

Presidential Voting Pattern[6]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 58.3 38.8
2008 59.9 38.2
2004 55.6 42.6
2000 51.8 41

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