|Clover Park Board of Directors, District 4|
|Years in position||10|
|Board Vice President|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|Bachelor's||Western Washington University|
|Other||Doctorate, Golden Gate Theological Seminary|
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.
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|
|Nonpartisan||Marty Schafer Incumbent||98.2%||7,487|
|Source: Pierce County Elections, "November 5, 2013 General Election," November 25, 2013|
Schafer reported no contributions or expenditures to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission.
Schafer won election to the board without opposition on November 3, 2009.
|Clover Park Board of Directors, District 4, November 3, 2009|
|Source: Pierce County Elections, "November 3, 2009 General Election," November 28, 2009|
Schafer provided the following statement for the 2013 Local Voters' Pamphlet in Pierce County:
"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
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%).
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. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
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- Clover Park School District, "Board of Directors," accessed October 2, 2013
- Pierce County Auditor, "Local Voters' Pamphlet," accessed October 2, 2013
- Washington Public Disclosure Commission, "Local Candidates," accessed December 17, 2013
- Clover Park School District, "About CPSD," accessed October 2, 2013
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Lakewood," accessed October 24, 2013
- Pierce County Elections, "Archived Elections," accessed August 5, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014