Kent School District elections (2013)

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2013 Kent School District Elections

General Election date:
November 5, 2013
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
Elections
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
References
See also
Washington
Kent School District
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Two seats on the Kent School Board were up for election on November 5, 2013. Seats in Districts 4 and 5 were on the general election ballot. Agda Burchard ran unopposed and won the District 4 seat while Maya Vengadasalam defeated Bruce Elliott for the District 5 seat.

About the district

See also: Kent School District, Washington
Kent School District is located in King County, Washington
Kent School District is located in the City of Kent in King County, Washington. The population of Kent was 118,588 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[1]

Demographics

Kent lagged behind state averages for higher education achievement and median income while lagging behind in poverty levels. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (25.3%) fell below the state average (31.4%). The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Kent's median income at $58,622 while the state median income was $58,890. Kent had a poverty rate of 15.6% in the 2010 U.S. Census while the state rate was 12.5%.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2012[1]
Race Kent (%) Washington (%)
White 55.5 77.3
Black or African American 11.3 3.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.0 1.5
Asian 15.2 7.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 1.9 0.6
Two or More Races 6.5 4.7
Hispanic or Latino 16.6 11.2

Presidential Voting Pattern[2]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 68.7 28.3
2008 70.0 28.0
2004 65.0 33.7
2000 60.0 34.4

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 Kent School Board consists of five members elected by district to four-year terms. There was a primary election on August 6, 2013 in District 5 while District 4 did not hold a primary as only one candidate filed for election. Seats in Districts 1, 2 and 3 will be up for election on November 3, 2015.

Elections in Washington require candidates to pay filing fees equal to 1% of a position's annual salary. Board members in Kent 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 can also submit a photo and statement of 100 words or less by August 23, 2013 for the county's local voter pamphlet.[4]

Elections

2013

Candidates

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  • Agda Burchard
    • Incumbent
    • Graduate, University of California-Davis and Pacific Oaks College Northwest
    • Program specialist, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Child Care

Election results

Kent School Board, General, District 4, Four-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAgda Burchard Incumbent 98.9% 21,326
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 1.1% 233
Total Votes 21,559
Source: King County Elections, "Results," November 25, 2013


Kent School Board, General, District 5, Four-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMaya Vengadasalam 52.2% 13,967
     Nonpartisan Bruce Elliott 47.5% 12,717
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.4% 95
Total Votes 26,779
Source: King County Elections, "Results," November 25, 2013

Primary

A primary election was held on August 6, 2013 for District 5 of the Kent School Board. Bruce Elliott and Maya Vengadasalam advanced to the November 5, 2013 general election.[5]

Kent School Board, Primary, District 5, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBruce Elliott 44.1% 7,506
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMaya Vengadasalam 32.5% 5,534
     Nonpartisan Carmen Goers 23.3% 3,970
Total Votes 17,010
Source: King County Elections, "August 6, 2013 Primary Election," August 20, 2013

Campaign finance

Candidates received a total of $12,923.74 and spent a total of $12,208.65 during the election, according to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission.[6]

In the District 4 race, no contributions or expenditures were reported during the election.

In the District 5 race, candidates received a total of $$12,923.74 and spent a total of $12,208.65.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Bruce Elliott $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Carmen Goers $2,067.85 $2,067.85 $0.00
Maya Vengadasalam $10,855.89 $10,140.80 $715.09

Past elections

2011

Kent School Board, District 1, Four-year term, November 8, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRussell Hanscom 68% 19,066
     Nonpartisan Larry Sims 32% 8,982
Total Votes 28,048
Source: King County Elections, "2011 General Election Results," November 28, 2011


Kent School Board, District 2, Four-year term, November 8, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKaren L. DeBruler 98.5% 23,452
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 1.5% 358
Total Votes 23,810
Source: King County Elections, "2011 General Election Results," November 28, 2011


Kent School Board, District 3, Four-year term, November 8, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDebbie Straus 58.6% 16,655
     Nonpartisan Leslie Kae Hamada Incumbent 41.4% 11,775
Total Votes 28,430
Source: King County Elections, "2011 General Election Results," November 28, 2011

What was at stake?

Incumbent Agda Burchard ran unopposed for the District 4 seat. She was appointed to the office in 2012 and successfully sought her first full term in office. Bruce Elliott and Maya Vengadasalam sought the District 5 seat currently held by Tim Clark. Clark did not file for re-election because of his campaign to be the Mayor of Kent.

Key deadlines

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

Deadline Event
April 29, 2013 First day to file nominating petitions by mail
May 13, 2013 First day to file nominating petitions online or in-person
May 17, 2013 Last day to file nominating petitions
August 6, 2013 Primary day
August 23, 2013 Last day to submit candidate materials for voter pamphlet
November 5, 2013 Election day
December 5, 2013 Certification of vote results

Additional elections on the ballot

The Kent School Board election shared the ballot with additional elections at the city and county level. Residents of Kent voted for mayor, three seats on the city council and two municipal court judges. Voters also saw the following King County offices on the ballot:[7]

  • King County Executive
  • Metropolitan King County Council (Five seats)
  • King County Sheriff
  • King County Court of Appeals
  • King County Superior Court
  • Special districts
    • King County Airport
    • King County Fire Protection
    • King County Public Hospital
    • King County Water

King County voters also casted ballots on renewing an existing levy to fund emergency medical services and a proposition to create a Department of Public Defense. There were also two statewide initiatives and five advisory votes on the November 5, 2013 ballot.[8]

See also

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