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Marty Schafer
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Clover Park Board of Directors, District 4
Term ends
November 2017
Years in position 10
Board Vice President
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
AppointedApril 2005
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sWestern Washington University
OtherDoctorate, Golden Gate Theological Seminary
ProfessionSales person
Office website
Marty Schafer currently represents District 4 on the Clover Park Board of Directors. He won re-election without opposition on November 5, 2013. Schafer was first appointed to the board in April 2005.


Schafer earned a B.A. in Urban Planning from Western Washington University in 1984. He later earned a Doctorate in Ministry Leadership from Golden Gate Theological Seminary. Schafer currently works in strategic sales for W.W. Grainger, Inc and serves as a mentor for high school athletes. He and his wife have three children who have attended district schools.[1][2]



See also: Clover Park School District elections (2013)


Schafer sought a third term on the board without opposition on November 5, 2013.


Clover Park Board of Directors, Four-year term, District 4, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMarty Schafer Incumbent 98.2% 7,487
     Nonpartisan Write-in candidates 1.8% 136
Total Votes 7,623
Source: Pierce County Elections, "November 5, 2013 General Election," November 25, 2013


Schafer reported no contributions or expenditures to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission.[3]


Schafer won election to the board without opposition on November 3, 2009.

Clover Park Board of Directors, District 4, November 3, 2009
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMarty Schafer 98.5% 8,097
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 1.5% 120
Total Votes 8,217
Source: Pierce County Elections, "November 3, 2009 General Election," November 28, 2009

Campaign themes


Schafer provided the following statement for the 2013 Local Voters' Pamphlet in Pierce County:[2]

"Education is one of the greatest privileges and opportunities offered to an individual. Our community benefits from educated and successful students; therefore, it is essential that we build great schools. Schools are more than curriculum, an institution and/or building. Schools are an extension of the families in a community.

Schools are a place where teachers, workers and administrators sacrifice to improve the lives of youth, one student at a time. Schools provide students not only with the tools to become successful in an ever-changing world, but they foster inspiration for personal development and doing their best work.

Our school district is making gains in both student achievement and updating our facilities. It is imperative that we encourage our youth to take every advantage of education and that we also challenge them to succeed and give back to their community."

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

What's at stake?

Incumbents Joseph Vlaming and Schafer won re-election without opposition to seats in Districts 3 and 4 on November 5, 2013.

About the district

See also: Clover Park School District, Washington
Bethel School District is located in Pierce County, Washington
Clover Park School District is located south of Tacoma in Pierce County, Washington. The district serves students in Lakewood as well as Joint Base Lewis-McChord run by the U.S. Army.[4] The population of Lakewood was 58,163 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[5]


Lakewood 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 Lakewood was $42,273 while the state median income was $58,890. The city's poverty rate was 18.1% compared to the state's 12.5% poverty rate. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (21.5%) was lower than the state average (31.4%).[5]

Racial Demographics, 2010[5]
Race Lakewood (%) Washington (%)
White 59.3 77.3
Black or African American 11.8 3.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.3 1.5
Asian 9 7.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 2.6 0.6
Two or More Races 8.7 4.7
Hispanic or Latino 15.3 11.2

Presidential Voting Pattern[6]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 54.4 43.3
2008 54.9 42.8
2004 50.4 48.0
2000 51.4 44.0

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[7] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

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