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Dawn Adams
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Kennewick School Board, Position 2
Term ends
November 2013
Years in position 14
Board President
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2001
Next generalNovember 5, 2013
AppointedMay 2001
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sWashington State University
Master'sWashington State University
ProfessionProgram director
Office website
Dawn Adams is the Position 2 member on the Kennewick School Board. She is seeking a fourth four-year term against challenger Brian Bradford in the November 5, 2013 election. Adams was first appointed to the chamber in May 2001 and won election to the board in November 2001.


Adams earned a B.A. in Business Administration and Information Systems from Washington State University. She later earned a M.S. in Computer Science from Washington State University. Adams previously worked for 24 years at the U.S. Department of Energy Hanford site. She currently works as a Senior Program Director at Parsons. Adams and her husband, Erick En'Wezoh, have four children.[1]



See also: Kennewick School District elections (2013)

Adams is running for re-election to the Position 2 seat against challenger Brian Bradford. Adams and Bradford will be on the ballot for the November 5, 2013 general election.


Adams won re-election to the Position 2 seat on November 3, 2009. She defeated challenger Uby Creek to win her third term.[2]

Kennewick School Board, 2009
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDawn Adams Incumbent 59.1% 8,841
     Nonpartisan Uby Creek 40.9% 6,124
Total Votes 14,965
Source: Benton County Auditor

Campaign themes


Adams provided the following statement for the 2013 Local Voters' Pamphlet in Benton County:[3]

"Dawn has served on the Kennewick School Board for 12 years, currently serving as President. "My objective is to represent the diverse needs of our community by providing opportunities for each child to advance academically to his/her potential.”

Dawn actively supports the District’s strategic objectives. “Most importantly, each child must have a safe learning environment--where goals are established and expectations communicated; students, their families and educators are treated with respect; and appropriate tools are provided to enable learning. I also embrace the District’s emphasis on reading--reading serves as the foundation for active learning and personal growth. Education occurs inside and outside the classroom. A successful education program integrates the curriculum with participation from the student's family, friends, and community members.”

A Kennewick native, Dawn graduated from Kennewick High before earning a BA in Business and MS in Computer Science from WSU. Dawn is married with four sons who attended Kennewick schools. Dawn’s father, Les Adams, played an active role in developing the District’s vocational curriculum. “His passion for education resonates within me. By electing me, I will be allowed to continue to serve our children and families in our pursuit for educational excellence.”

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

What's at stake?

Heather Kintzley is running unopposed for a second term in Position 1 on the Kennewick School Board. Position 2 incumbent Adams is seeking a fourth term on the board against challenger Brian Bradford in the general election on November 5, 2013.

About the district

See also: Kennewick School District, Washington
Kennewick School District is located in Benton County, Washington
The City of Kennewick is located along the Columbia River in south-central Washington. The population of Kennewick was 73,917 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[4]


Kennewick 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 (20.7%) is below the state average (31.4%). The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Kennewick's median income at $49,299 while the state median income was $58,890. Kennewick had a poverty rate of 15.9% in the 2010 U.S. Census while the state rate was 12.5%.[4]

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