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Darrell Toombs
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Pasco Board of Directors, Position 5
Former member
Term ends
November 2013
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
AppointedMarch 2013
Term limitsN/A
Associate'sSpokane Community College
ProfessionGrocery manager
Office website
Darrell Toombs is the former Position 5 member on the Pasco Board of Directors in Washington. He was first appointed to the board in March 2013 to replace Jeffrey Dong.[1] Toombs was defeated by challenger Amy L. Phillips in the November 5, 2013 general election.


Toombs earned an A.A. from Spokane Community College. He currently works as the manager of Yoke's Fresh Market in West Richland. Toombs has served on the West Richland Chamber of Commerce and volunteered with the Red Mountain Lions Club. He has three children attending district schools.[2]



See also: Pasco School District elections (2013)


Toombs sought his first full term on the board against challenger Amy L. Phillips on November 5, 2013.


Pasco School District, Four-year term, Position 5, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAmy L. Phillips 62.8% 5,896
     Nonpartisan Darrell Toombs Incumbent 37.2% 3,495
Total Votes 9,391
Source: Franklin County Auditor, "November 5, 2013 General Election," November 26, 2013


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

Campaign themes


Toombs provided the following statement about his service on the board in his district profile:[2]

"Having three children in the Pasco School District gives me a vested interest in the success of the District. Students are our future and I feel it is important that we allow children to be as successful as they can be. Having a strong school system in place is key in providing for that success. Our District faces some unique challenges and I am eager to work with the other board members and our superintendent to meet those challenges.

Pursuing a board position also comes from my respect and admiration for our teachers. Over my career, I have had the opportunity to work with different schools and teachers and I am always amazed with the job that teachers are able to do with what they have. I feel it is important to support our teachers’ efforts and get them anything that we can to help them with their task of teaching our children."

What was at stake?

Incumbents Toombs, William Leggett and Sherry Lancon sought re-election during the November 5, 2013 general election. Leggett was seeking a fifth term on the board against challenger Steven A. Christensen while Lancon ran for a second full term against Javier Ruiz. Toombs was appointed to the board in April 2013 and sought a first full term against challenger Amy L. Phillips.

Growing enrollment, tightening budget

The district has experienced a 16.7% increase in enrollment between 2008 and 2012. This growth in enrollment could strain district resources in the near future based on budget projections. In a work session on August 27, 2013, the Board of Directors discussed a budget shortfall expected with the expiration of the current maintenance and operations levy in December 2014. The district currently receives $4.46 per $1,000 of assessed property value to fill in gaps left by state funding and other revenue. A tax levy increase of at least $0.10 per $1,000 would be necessary to fill the expected budget gap. Superintendent Saundra Hill and board members in attendance voiced no support for an increased tax levy on the February 2014 ballot, focusing instead on studying potential cuts in the budget while maintaining the current levy amount.[4]

About the district

See also: Pasco School District, Washington
Pasco School District is located in Franklin County, Washington
The City of Pasco in Franklin County is located along the Columbia River in southeastern Washington. The population of Pasco was 59,781 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[5]


Pasco lags behind state averages for higher education achievement, median income and poverty rate. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (14.9%) is below the state average (31.4%). The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Pasco's median income at $47,252 while the state median income was $58,890. Pasco had a poverty rate of 22.2% in the 2010 U.S. Census while the state rate was 12.5%.[5]

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