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King County Local Voters' Pamphlet

August 6, 2013 Primary And Special Election

School, Kent School District No. 415 
Director District No. 5

Bruce Elliott

Education: B.S. Animal Science, Washington State University 1975
Occupation: Cattle and crop farmer, King-Pierce Farm Bureau Board Member


I am a candidate because I want to help insure that Kent schools continue to provide a quality education to our children. I am not convinced that administrative decisions like increased short days are the best for our students. We must focus the bulk of our resources in the classroom, where learning occurs. We need to maintain local control of this process, not hand it over to Washington, DC. The duty of our schools is to teach our children core subjects and help them gain practical life skills. The future of our work force and a prosperous community depends on this. We face modern challenges, but that is no excuse to fail in providing this generation with the educational foundation they need.


I was raised in Renton and I’ve lived in Kent since 1978. My wife and I raised and our two children here in the Kent School system, both graduates of Kent-Meridian. I am very familiar with our area, our issues and I care about this community.  I am just a regular citizen, a father and a grandfather, who would be a strong advocate for you and your children on the board. I would appreciate your vote.

For more information:

KENT, WA 98032
(253) 852-6745


Carmen Goers

Education: Bachelor of Science- Business Administration from the University of Phoenix
Occupation: Commercial Banker


We have the fourth largest school district in the state.  This gives Kent an opportunity and obligation to positively impact the future leaders– our children. Clear, measurable goals outlined in the strategic plan plus forward thinking from elementary through high school are first steps in positioning the District for sustainable growth in our primary goal - preparing all students for a successful future.


My grandmother was a teacher and my mother has taught and was a K-12 principal and I understand the crucial role our teachers play on our education team. I care deeply about our schools, our residents and our students.  Our family has championed three daughters through the Kent School system. I have many years of community involvement and 20 years of business banking experience. These experiences have provided me with a unique skill set that can add value to the decision making required on the School Board.  I value open communication between citizens and their elected officials and, if elected,  will be available to the community.  I will advocate for our students, parents, teachers and all of us who rely on the School Board for common sense decision making.


I ask for your support and vote!

For more information:

PO BOX 1634
KENT, WA 98035
(770) 598-5547


Maya Vengadasalam

Education: Bachelor of Business Administration, Accounting, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton
Occupation: Business and Community Affairs Consultant, DeviMedia


I am running for the Kent School Board to make our schools the best in Washington State. I will work in your best interest to:


Increase academic excellence. All students deserve access to a rigorous, quality education and the skills to qualify for our local jobs. Students/families must understand opportunities available at each school to ensure students are college-ready or job-ready upon graduation.


Strengthen communication. We must do everything possible to raise awareness of school policies and procedures, and use all available tools to ensure families stay informed of events affecting their student(s).


Encourage community and business partnerships. As an active community/school volunteer (10+ years), an engaged parent, and a former business executive, I understand the importance of supporting our kids reaching full potential and our educators gaining access to resources to meet their challenges and objectives.


My commitment to school district middle school transitions, economic revitalization, legislative advocacy, funding, South King County education advocacy/equity efforts, and classroom support uniquely qualifies me for this position.


I was honored by the PTA and Washington Association of School Administrators for my efforts. It will be an honor to represent you on our school board. I respectfully ask for your vote.

For more information:

P.O. BOX 1761
KENT, WA 98035
(253) 638-7190