Kathy Gillespie is an award-winning retired newspaper editor and reporter whose career included posts in Colorado, Arizona, California and Oregon. She is a graduate of Colorado State University where she earned a degree in Political Science. Kathy has lived in SW Washington since 1991 and spent the last eight years helping to lead Vancouver Public Schools. VPS is nationally recognized for innovative programs that have led to improved student success and placed the district among Washington state’s top districts.


In addition to her service on the school board, she has served as a Lunch Buddy, reading tutor and high school mentor to young women at Fort Vancouver High School. She has served in leadership roles through Parent Teacher Associations at multiple schools and been recognized for outstanding service to her community. Kathy and her family have raised four dogs for Canine Companions for Independence (CCI), a nonprofit organization that provides assistance dogs free of charge to recipients.

Kathy believes public service is a calling and has dedicated herself to teaching citizens how to advocate effectively for changes in local and state government that will ultimately honor the lives of all people and help remove barriers to their success. As the people’s representative in the state legislature, Kathy will carry the stories and concerns of constituents with her as she advocates for a larger share of the state’s tax revenues to be directed toward infrastructure development, job creation, public safety, public education and social services in the 18th District.



Kathy’s Record

Vancouver school board OKs budget after weeks of contention
Gillespie will not run for third school board term
Vancouver school board fails again to OK budget
Vancouver school board still at impasse
Vancouver school board fails to pass budget
Stalemate on Vancouver school board
Vancouver schools chief gets $6,000 bump in pay
Teachers, parents and legislators gather for school funding forum