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Steven A. Christensen
Steve Christensen.jpg
Pasco Board of Directors, Position 3
Incumbent
Term ends
November 2017
Years in position 1
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolRoyal High School
Bachelor'sBrigham Young University
Personal
ProfessionSmall business owner
Steven A. Christensen campaign logo
Steven A. Christensen currently represents Position 3 on the Pasco Board of Directors in Washington. He defeated incumbent William Leggett in the November 5, 2013 general election.

Biography

Christensen earned a B.S. in Engineering from Brigham Young University. He has worked for more than two decades as a mechanical engineer and currently owns a small business. Christensen has volunteered time with the local Boy Scouts troop as well as the Pasco Youth Football board. He has five children who have attended district schools.[1]

Elections

2013

See also: Pasco School District elections (2013)

Opposition

Christensen ran for the Position 3 seat against incumbent William Leggett on November 5, 2013.

Results

Pasco School District, Four-year term, Position 3, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSteven A. Christensen 55.2% 5,274
     Nonpartisan William Leggett Incumbent 44.8% 4,288
Total Votes 9,562
Source: Franklin County Auditor, "November 5, 2013 General Election," November 26, 2013

Funding

Christensen reported $2,708.59 in contributions and $2,708.59 in expenditures to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission, which left his campaign with no cash on hand.[2]

Campaign themes

2013

Christensen provided the following statement to the 2013 Local Voters' Pamphlet in Franklin County:[1]

"As a father of four Pasco school system graduates - and one current student - I believe we have an obligation to provide our children with the best education possible. I also believe we can meet this obligation in a highly effective, yet fiscally responsible manner.

We must begin the essential process of prioritizing how we spend our education dollars. We need to attract and retain the best teachers and give them the tools and support necessary to help our students excel. We need to inspire and motivate students to learn.

We have many outstanding teachers, capable students and dedicated administrators in our district. We have a duty to hold our administrators, teachers and students accountable for making the most of the resources our community provides.

We must ensure the values promoted in our schools reflect the values of our community.

We must redirect money from school district administration back to classrooms where we get the most educational value from each dollar.

My opponent has served the Pasco School District for many years. However, I believe the time is right for new ideas and fresh perspectives to help tackle persistent old problems."

What was at stake?

Incumbents William Leggett, Sherry Lancon and Darrell Toombs sought re-election during the November 5, 2013 general election. Leggett was seeking a fifth term on the board against challenger Christensen while Lancon ran for a second full term against Javier Ruiz. Toombs was appointed to the board in April 2013 and sought a first full term against challenger Amy L. Phillips.

Growing enrollment, tightening budget

The district has experienced a 16.7% increase in enrollment between 2008 and 2012. This growth in enrollment could strain district resources in the near future based on budget projections. In a work session on August 27, 2013, the Board of Directors discussed a budget shortfall expected with the expiration of the current maintenance and operations levy in December 2014. The district currently receives $4.46 per $1,000 of assessed property value to fill in gaps left by state funding and other revenue. A tax levy increase of at least $0.10 per $1,000 would be necessary to fill the expected budget gap. Superintendent Saundra Hill and board members in attendance voiced no support for an increased tax levy on the February 2014 ballot, focusing instead on studying potential cuts in the budget while maintaining the current levy amount.[3]

About the district

See also: Pasco School District, Washington
Pasco School District is located in Franklin County, Washington
The City of Pasco in Franklin County is located along the Columbia River in southeastern Washington. The population of Pasco was 59,781 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[4]

Demographics

Pasco lags behind state averages for higher education achievement, median income and poverty rate. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (14.9%) is below the state average (31.4%). The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Pasco's median income at $47,252 while the state median income was $58,890. Pasco had a poverty rate of 22.2% in the 2010 U.S. Census while the state rate was 12.5%.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2012[4]
Race Pasco (%) Washington (%)
White 55.8 77.3
Black or African American 1.9 3.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.5 1.5
Asian 1.9 7.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.6
Two or More Races 3.3 4.7
Hispanic or Latino 55.7 11.2

Presidential Voting Pattern[5]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 37.1 60.7
2008 37.4 61.1
2004 31.6 65.5
2000 32.5 60.1

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