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Mark Stoker
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Vancouver Board of Directors, Position 2
Term ends
November 2017
Years in position 8
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
AppointedSeptember 2007
Term limitsN/A
High schoolFort Vancouver High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of Washington
J.D.Lewis and Clark Law School
Office website
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Mark Stoker currently represents Position 2 on the Vancouver Board of Directors in Washington. He has served on the board since his appointment in September 2007. Stoker won re-election without opposition in the November 5, 2013 general election.


Stoker earned a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Washington in 1981. He later received a J.D. from Lewis and Clark Law School in 1984. Stoker practices real estate law at Heurlin, Potter, Jahn, Leatham, Holtmann & Stoker, P.S. He and his wife, Cynthia, have three children who graduated from district schools.[1]



See also: Vancouver School District elections (2013)


Stoker sought a second full term on the board without opposition in the November 5, 2013 general election.


Vancouver Board of Directors, Position 2, Four-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMark Stoker Incumbent 100% 19,226
Total Votes 19,226
Source: Clark County Auditor's Office, "November 5, 2013 General Election," November 26, 2013


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


Stoker won his first full term on the board by defeating challenger Chris Peppers on November 3, 2009.

Vancouver Board of Directors, Position 2, November 3, 2009
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMark Stoker Incumbent 74.3% 18,248
     Nonpartisan Chris Peppers 25% 6,137
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.7% 180
Total Votes 24,565
Source: Clark County Auditor's Office

Campaign themes


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

"We have 54% free and reduced lunch in our Vancouver School District student population. We also have tremendous mobility in our high poverty schools. This is a toxic combination that greatly impacts student achievement, yet, our district works hard to give each of our students a world class, 21st Century education. I am grateful for the support our community gives our schools and I intend to see that the next 4 years bring even greater results in student achievement. We have exciting times ahead as we bring technology to the forefront of teaching and learning. Thank you for your support."

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

What was at stake?

Incumbent Stoker won re-election to the Position 2 seat without opposition. Kathy Gillespie ran successfully for a second term on the board against challenger Lisa Phifer Ross.

About the district

See also: Vancouver Public Schools, Washington
Vancouver Public Schools is located in Clark County, Washington
Vancouver is the county seat of Clark County, which is situated along the Columbia River in southwestern Washington. Vancouver's population was 161,791 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[4]


Vancouver lags behind the rest of Washington based on median income, poverty levels and higher education achievement. The 2010 U.S. Census found the median income in Vancouver was $50,387 while the state median income was $58,890. The city's poverty rate was 15.5% compared to the state's 12.5% poverty rate. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (23.5%) was lower than the state average (31.4%).[4]

Racial Demographics, 2012[4]
Race Vancouver (%) Washington (%)
White 80.9 77.3
Black or African American 2.9 3.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.0 1.5
Asian 5.0 7.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 1.0 0.6
Two or More Races 4.8 4.7
Hispanic or Latino 10.4 11.2

Presidential Voting Pattern[5]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 57.1 42.1
2008 51.9 46.8
2004 46.7 52.0
2000 45.6 49.6

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