Rick Jones (Washington)
|Peninsula Board of Directors, District 5|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|Associate's||Bellevue Community College|
|Bachelor's||Western Washington University|
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.
Jones sought re-election against challenger David Olson on November 5, 2013.
|Peninsula Board of Directors, Four-year term, District 5, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Rick Jones Incumbent||44.6%||8,519|
|Source: Pierce County Elections, "November 5, 2013 General Election," November 25, 2013|
|Peninsula Board of Directors, Primary, District 5, 2013|
|Source: Pierce County Elections|
Jones reported no contributions or expenditures to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission.
Jones provided the following statement for the 2013 Local Voters' Pamphlet in Pierce County:
"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. 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.
About the district
- See also: Peninsula School District, Washington
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%.
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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- Pierce County Auditor, "Local Voters' Pamphlet," accessed October 7, 2013
- Pierce County Elections, "August 6, 2013 Primary Election Results," accessed August 21, 2013
- Washington Public Disclosure Commission, "Local Candidates," accessed December 17, 2013
- Pierce County Auditor, "February 8, 2011 Special Election," accessed August 22, 2013
- Pierce County Auditor, "Validation Requirements," accessed August 22, 2013
- Gateline.com, "Peninsula School District Approves Capital Projects Levy," July 31, 2013
- Gig Harbor Patch, "Group Forms To Oppose $50 Million Peninsula School District Levy In November," August 21, 2013
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Gig Harbor," accessed August 21, 2013
- Pierce County Elections, "Archived Elections," accessed August 5, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014