Bruce Richards

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Bruce Richards
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Central Kitsap Board of Directors, District 1
Incumbent
Term ends
November 2017
Years in position 12
Leadership
Board Vice President
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 2002
AppointedOctober 2002
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of California-Davis
Master'sIndiana University
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Navy
Years of service1972-1978
Personal
ProfessionNuclear engineer
Websites
Office website
Bruce Richards currently represents District 1 on the Central Kitsap Board of Directors in Washington. He was first elected to the board in 2002. Richards won re-election against challenger Regina C. Hill in the November 5, 2013 general election.

Biography

Richards earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California-Davis in 1983. He later received a Masters of Public Administration from Indiana University in 2001. Richards currently works as a nuclear engineer for the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. He and his wife have three children who graduated from district schools. Richards served for six years in the United States Navy aboard nuclear submarines.[1]

Elections

2013

See also: Central Kitsap School District elections (2013)

Opposition

Richards sought re-election against challenger Regina C. Hill on November 5, 2013.

Results

Central Kitsap Board of Directors, Four-year term, District 1, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBruce Richards Incumbent 62.2% 8,628
     Nonpartisan Regina C. Hill 36.8% 5,107
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 1% 132
Total Votes 13,867
Source: Kitsap County Auditor, "Official Results for Election," Accessed December 13, 2013

Funding

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

Endorsements

Richards did not receive any endorsements in this election.

2009

Richards won re-election to the board on November 3, 2009 without opposition. Regina C. Hill filed for election but withdrew in August 2009 because she moved out of the district.[3][4]

Central Kitsap Board of Directors, District 1, November 3, 2009
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBruce Richards Incumbent 98.2% 12,677
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 1.8% 232
Total Votes 12,909
Source: Kitsap County Auditor

Campaign themes

2013

Richards provided the following statement for the 2013 Local Voters' Pamphlet in Kitsap County:[5]

"It is continue to offer new ways to provide a relevant education to our students. They must have the skills to work in a 21st century society. I have worked with the other members of our school board to ensure that our schools have the necessary staff, training and tools to provide this education. In a period of decreasing resources and increasing expectations, the CKSD has done an excellent job at providing critical thinking and problem solving skills through a very wide variety of rigorous classes. We excel in offering AP classes to challenge our students, and have exceptional graduation rates.

To keep current on what is going on in our schools, I mentor a Junior high school student once a week, was an engineering mentor for the First Robotics team at Olympic High School this year, and serve as a judge for the underwater vehicle competition. For over twenty years I have been involved in Odyssey of the Mind/Destination Imagination as a coach, a judge and now as the Regional and State Challenge Master of the Structure problem. These experiences have driven home the importance of providing a well rounded education to all of our students."

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


What was at stake?

Richards ran for a second term in District 1 against challenger Regina C. Hill. Jeanie Schulze was appointed to District 4 on May 8, 2013 and sought a full term against challenger Victoria T. Crescenzi. Eric Greene won another term in District 5 without opposition.

Issues

The Board of Directors has faced some discord in the past year over the planning of a March retreat and Schulze's appointment. Former board member Christy Cathcart complained to former Superintendent Greg Lynch about the cost, distance and facilitator for a retreat in early March 2013. Cathcart noted that facilitator Karen Simmonds charged the district $1,969.50 for the event while a facilitator from the Washington State School Directors Association would have been available for $900. Eric Greene seconded this criticism during the planning process. These complaints also noted that the event cost $2,600.90 and took place 115 miles away from the district at Pacific Beach.[6]

The appointment of Jeanie Schulze in May 2013 also created tension in the community. Schulze was selected by a 3-1 vote to fill the District 4 seat left by Christy Cathcart. Cathcart voiced opposition to Schulze's appointment after the vote, citing Schulze's defeat in the 2011 general election. The Central Kitsap Education Association (CKEA) also criticized the appointment in part because of a letter written by Schulze that criticized the union's role in the 2011 election. In the letter, Schulze contended that the CKEA skewed endorsement interviews to support Cathcart. Former CKEA president Cheryl Brown is pursuing a civil suit against Schulze for defamation of character related to these claims.[7]

About the district

See also: Central Kitsap School District, Washington
Central Kitsap School District is located in Kitsap County, Washington
Central Kitsap School District in Silverdale is located in Kitsap County along the western banks of the Puget Sound. The population of Silverdale was 19,204 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[8]

Demographics

Silverdale outpaced state averages for median income and poverty rate while lagging behind higher education achievement. The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Silverdale's median income at $61,834 while the state median income was $58,890. Silverdale had a poverty rate of 7.5% in the 2010 U.S. Census while the state rate was 12.5%. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (30.1%) is below the state average (31.4%).[8]


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