South Kitsap School District elections (2013)

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2013 South Kitsap School District Elections

General Election date:
November 5, 2013
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
Elections
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
References
See also
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South Kitsap School District
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Two seats were up for election on the South Kitsap Board of Directors. Seats in Districts 3 and 4 were on the November 5, 2013 general election ballot. Christopher Lemke defeated Jeff Lakin for the District 3 seat while Rebecca Diehl ran unopposed and won the District 4 seat.

The district has experienced decreasing enrollment and reduced the number of teachers, leading to an ongoing debate in the summer of 2013 about class sizes.

About the district

See also: South Kitsap School District, Washington
South Kitsap School District is located in Kitsap County, Washington
South Kitsap School District in Port Orchard is located in Kitsap County along the western banks of the Puget Sound. The population of Port Orchard was 11,144 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[1]

Demographics

Port Orchard outpaced the state poverty rate while lagging behind in median income and higher education achievement. The city had a poverty rate of 9.8% in the 2010 U.S. Census while the state rate was 12.5%. The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Port Orchard's median income at $51,593 while the state median income was $58,890. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (24.1%) is below the state average (31.4%).[1]

Racial Demographics, 2012[1]
Race Port Orchard(%) Washington (%)
White 80.8 77.3
Black or African American 3.4 3.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.3 1.5
Asian 5.8 7.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 1.4 0.6
Two or More Races 6.4 4.7
Hispanic or Latino 6.6 11.2

Presidential Voting Pattern[2]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 54.2 42.6
2008 54.9 42.6
2004 51.2 46.9
2000 48.9 45.1

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.[3]

Method of board member selection

The South Kitsap Board of Directors consists of five members elected to four-year terms. There were no primaries on August 6, 2013 as each seat did not have more than two candidates. Two seats were up for election on November 5, 2013 and three seats will be on the ballot in November 2015.

Elections in Washington require candidates to pay filing fees equal to 1% of a position's annual salary. Board members in Port Orchard can be reimbursed up to $4,800 for district activities but do not receive salaries, which eliminates the filing fee. Candidates were required to file nominating petitions by May 17, 2013 to qualify for the November ballot. Each candidate could also submit a photo and statement of 100 words or less by June 18, 2013 for the county's local voter pamphlet.[4]

Elections

2013

Candidates

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Results

South Kitsap Board of Directors, Four-year term, District 3, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngChristopher Lemke Incumbent 62% 10,252
     Nonpartisan Jeff Lakin 36.7% 6,069
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 1.2% 202
Total Votes 16,523
Source: Kitsap County Auditor, "Official Results for Election," accessed December 13, 2013


South Kitsap Board of Directors, Four-year term, District 4, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRebecca Diehl 97.7% 13,962
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 2.3% 336
Total Votes 14,298
Source: Kitsap County Auditor, "Official Results for Election," accessed December 13, 2013

Campaign finance

No contributions or expenditures were reported during the election, according to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission.[5]

Past elections

2011

South Kitsap Board of Directors, District 1, November 8, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngPatty Henderson 97.6% 15,021
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 2.4% 367
Total Votes 15,388
Source: Kitsap County Auditor


South Kitsap Board of Directors, District 2, November 8, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKeith Garton 97.8% 14,764
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 2.2% 330
Total Votes 15,094
Source: Kitsap County Auditor


South Kitsap Board of Directors, District 5, November 8, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngGreg Wall 55.4% 9,739
     Nonpartisan J. Adele Macomber LaCombe 44.6% 7,838
Total Votes 17,577
Source: Kitsap County Auditor

What was at stake

Incumbent Christopher Lemke ran for a second term in District 3 against challenger Jeff Lakin. Newcomer Rebecca Diehl ran unopposed for the District 4 seat previously held by Kathryn Simpson, who did not file for re-election.

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the South Kitsap Board of Directors elections in 2013:[4]

Deadline Event
April 29, 2013 First day to file nominating petitions by mail
May 13, 2013 First day to file nominating petitions online or in-person
May 17, 2013 Last day to file nominating petitions
May 20, 2013 Last day to withdraw from fall elections
June 18, 2013 Last day to submit candidate materials for voter pamphlet
August 6, 2013 Primary day
November 5, 2013 Election day
November 26, 2013 Certification of vote results

Additional elections on the ballot

The Board of Directors elections shared the ballot with other city and county measures. Voters chose four members of the Port Orchard City Council and two members of the South Kitsap Fire and Rescue Commission. The general election ballot also featured a one-year unexpired term in District 26 seat of the Washington State Senate, two statewide initiatives and five advisory votes on changes to state tax policy.[4]

See also

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