Dawn Adams

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Dawn Adams
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Kennewick School Board, Position 2
Term ends
November 2017
Years in position 14
Board President
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 2001
AppointedMay 2001
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sWashington State University
Master'sWashington State University
ProfessionProgram director
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Dawn Adams is the Position 2 member on the Kennewick School Board in Washington. She was first appointed to the board in May 2001 and won election to the board in November 2001. Adams won a fourth term against challenger Brian Bradford in the November 5, 2013 election.


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 ran against challenger Brian Bradford on November 5, 2013.


Kennewick School District, Four-year term, Seat 2, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDawn Adams Incumbent 75.1% 11,236
     Nonpartisan Brian Bradford 24.9% 3,727
Total Votes 14,963
Source: Benton County Auditor, "Election Results," November 26, 2013


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


Adams received the endorsement of the Tri-City Herald on October 16, 2013.[3]


Adams won re-election to the Position 2 seat on November 3, 2009. She defeated challenger Uby Creek to win her third term.[4]

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:[5]

"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 was at stake?

Incumbent Heather Kintzley ran unopposed for a second term in Position 1 on the Kennewick School Board. Position 2 incumbent Adams sought 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.[6]


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%.[6]

Racial Demographics, 2012[6]
Race Kennewick(%) Washington (%)
White 78.5 77.3
Black or African American 1.7 3.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.8 1.5
Asian 2.4 7.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.2 0.6
Two or More Races 4.3 4.7
Hispanic or Latino 24.2 11.2

Presidential Voting Pattern[7]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 35.4 62.8
2008 36.1 62.2
2004 - -
2000 - -

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