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Dorcas Wylder

A candidate for Mead School Board, district 4, Mead School District in the 2019 Washington General Election, Nov. 5


Education: Graduated from Ferris High School in Spokane. Bachelor’s degree in education from Seattle University. Earned master’s degree in education from Eastern Washington University, principal certification from Gonzaga University and superintendent credential from Washington State University.

Political experience: None.

Work experience: Spent 32 years in education at Spokane Public Schools, Mary Walker School District and Mead School District, including 14 years as an administrator in Mead.

Family: Single.

Race Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Michael Cannon 8,053 56.07%
Dorcas Wylder 6,309 43.93%

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