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Dorn Announces Results for Election for State Board

OLYMPIA — December 22, 2011 — State Superintendent Randy Dorn today announced the winners of two State Board of Education elections.

The winner for Western Position 3 was Kevin Laverty. For Eastern Region Position 1, no candidate received more than 50 percent plus one of the total votes cast. Because of that, a runoff election was held in early December.

The runoff election ballots were counted Tuesday, December 20, 2011. Cynthia McMullen defeated Steve Dal Porto in the runoff.

Both elected board members will begin their terms January 9, 2012.

The State Board of Education helps develop programs that prepare each student for the future. Through policy, it provides leadership, support and advocacy to help each student achieve success in school and life.

The board is composed of 16 members:

  • two members from the eastern region of the state, elected by public school directors;
  • three members from the western region, elected by public school directors;
  • one member, at large, elected by approved private schools;
  • the superintendent of public instruction;
  • seven members appointed by the governor; and
  • two student representatives selected by the state board itself.


About OSPI
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K-12 education in Washington state. Led by State School Superintendent Randy Dorn, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts and nine Educational Service Districts to administer basic education programs and implement education reform on behalf of more than one million public school students.

OSPI does not discriminate and provides equal access to its programs and services for all persons without regard to race, color, gender, religion, creed, marital status, national origin, sexual preference/orientation, age, veteran’s status or the presence of any physical, sensory or mental disability.

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Nathan Olson
OSPI Communications Manager
(360) 725-6015

The OSPI Communications Office serves as the central point of contact for local, regional and national media covering K-12 education issues.

Communications Manager
Nathan Olson
(360) 725-6015


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