Kennewick School District elections (2013)

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2013 Kennewick School District Elections

General Election date:
November 5, 2013
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
See also
Kennewick School District
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Two seats were up for election on the Kennewick School Board on November 5, 2013. Seats in Position 1 and 2 were on the ballot. Heather Kintzley ran unopposed and won the Position 1 seat while Dawn Adams defeated Brian Bradford for the Position 2 seat.

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.[1]


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%.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2012[1]
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[2]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 35.4 62.8
2008 36.1 62.2
2004 - -
2000 - -

Note: Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" percentage, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off. Read more about race and ethnicity in the Census here.[3]

Method of board member selection

The Kennewick School Board consists of five members elected to four-year terms. There were no primaries on August 6, 2013 as both seats did not have more than two candidates. Two seats were up for election on November 5, 2013 and three seats will be on the ballot in November 2015.

Elections in Washington require candidates to pay filing fees equal to 1% of a position's annual salary. Board members in Kennewick can be reimbursed up to $4,800 for district activities but do not receive salaries, which eliminates the filing fee. Candidates were required to file nominating petitions by May 17, 2013 to qualify for the November ballot. Each candidate could also submit a photo and statement of 100 words or less by May 31, 2013 for the county's local voter pamphlet.[4]




  • Heather Kintzley
    • Incumbent
    • Graduate, Washington State University and Gonzaga University
    • Lawyer
  • Dawn Adams
    • Incumbent
    • Graduate, Washington State University
    • Senior Program Director, Parsons
  • Brian Bradford
    • Graduate, Evergreen State College
    • Personal caregiver


Kennewick School District, Four-year term, Seat 1, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngHeather Kintzley Incumbent 100% 11,744
Total Votes 11,744
Source: Benton County Auditor, "Election Results," November 26, 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


Dawn Adams received the endorsement of the Tri-City Herald on October 16, 2013.[5]

Campaign finance

No contributions or expenditures were reported during the election, according to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission.[6]

Past elections


Kennewick School Board, Seat 3, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBen Messinger 53.6% 8,418
     Nonpartisan Kathleen White 46.4% 7,287
Total Votes 15,705
Source: Benton County Auditor

Kennewick School Board, Seat 4, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRon Mabry 65.4% 10,325
     Nonpartisan Wendy London 34.6% 5,472
Total Votes 15,797
Source: Benton County Auditor

Kennewick School Board, Seat 5, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBrian Brooks 54.8% 8,949
     Nonpartisan Uby Creek 45.2% 7,382
Total Votes 16,331
Source: Benton County Auditor

What was at stake?

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

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Kennewick School Board election in 2013:[4]

Deadline Event
May 13, 2013 First day to file nominating petitions online or in-person
May 17, 2013 Last day to file nominating petitions
May 31, 2013 Last day to submit candidate materials for voter pamphlet
August 6, 2013 Primary day
November 5, 2013 Election day
November 26, 2013 Certification of vote results

Additional elections on the ballot

The Kennewick School Board elections shared the ballot with additional city and county elections. Residents of Kennewick voted for four City Council seats, two seats on the Public Hospital District Commission and two seats on the Port of Kennewick Commission. Voters also selected judges for the Superior Court and Court of Appeals and a candidate to fill an unexpired term for District 8 in the Washington State Senate. The ballot included two statewide initiatives and five advisory votes dealing with tax changes approved by the Washington State Legislature.[7]

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