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Rick Jones
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Peninsula Board of Directors, District 5
Former member
Term ends
November 2013
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
AppointedDecember 2011
Term limitsN/A
Associate'sBellevue Community College
Bachelor'sWestern Washington University
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Rick Jones is the former District 5 member on the Peninsula Board of Directors in Washington. He was first appointed to the board in December 2011 to replace John Earl. Jones was defeated by challenger David Olson in the November 5, 2013 general election.


Jones earned his A.A. from Bellevue Community College and B.A. from Western Washington University. He is currently the chief pilot at H&W Aviation.[1]



See also: Peninsula School District elections (2013)


Jones sought re-election against challenger David Olson on November 5, 2013.


General election
Peninsula Board of Directors, Four-year term, District 5, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Olson 54.9% 10,491
     Nonpartisan Rick Jones Incumbent 44.6% 8,519
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.6% 110
Total Votes 19,120
Source: Pierce County Elections, "November 5, 2013 General Election," November 25, 2013

Jones placed second in the August 6, 2013 primary for the District 5 seat. Jones and David Olson advanced to the November 5, 2013 general election.[2]

Peninsula Board of Directors, Primary, District 5, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Olson 46.8% 5,713
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRick Jones 38.5% 4,708
     Nonpartisan Curt Carroll 14.7% 1,794
Total Votes 12,215
Source: Pierce County Elections


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

Campaign themes


Jones provided the following statement for the 2013 Local Voters' Pamphlet in Pierce County:[1]

"We wear many hats on the School Board. It is a great honor to serve in this very important volunteer position. I'm constantly humbled by being part of this group that helps shape and support the education of our greatest asset....our children. Every single decision we make has to always be about "what's best for the kids?" Always. I would love to have your vote and be able to continue to serve you and our wondeful community. It means a lot to me. Thank you so much 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?

Wendy Wojtanowicz won a third term without opposition in the District 1 seat. Harlan Gallinger ran unopposed for an unexpired two-year term in District 4. The District 5 race featured Jones and challenger David Olson.


A major debate within the district centers on funding for capital improvements. A 2011 bond measure totaling $78 million failed to pass the 60% approval threshold required by Washington state law.[4][5] In July 2013, the Board of Directors voted unanimously to place a $50 million tax levy for capital improvements on the November ballot. Opponents of the tax levy criticized the increase in property taxes and the lower threshold for a tax levy compared to a bond measure. The measure was defeated by a five-point margin.[6][7]

About the district

See also: Peninsula School District, Washington
Peninsula School District is located in Pierce County, Washington
Peninsula School District serves students in Gig Harbor and other towns on the Key Peninsula. The district is located in Pierce County in northwestern Washington. The population of Gig Harbor was 7,126 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[8]


Gig Harbor surpasses state averages for higher education achievement, median income and poverty rate. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (44.3%) is below the state average (31.4%). The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Gig Harbor's median income at $62,421 while the state median income was $58,890. Gig Harbor had a poverty rate of 9.6% in the 2010 U.S. Census while the state rate was 12.5%.[8]

Racial Demographics, 2012[8]
Race Gig Harbor (%) Washington (%)
White 90.2 77.3
Black or African American 1.2 3.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.6 1.5
Asian 2.4 7.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.5 0.6
Two or More Races 3.6 4.7
Hispanic or Latino 5.8 11.2

Presidential Voting Pattern[9]
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 rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[10][11]

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