160 Reasons


Veteran Educator. Vince has been recognized as one of the nation’s finest journalism teachers. During his 23-year tenure as the advisor of the Mountlake Terrace High School (MTHS) student newspaper, HAWKEYE, the paper and its student staff have won hundreds of international, national, regional and state awards. Vince also teaches English, film and photography at MTHS.

Political Activist. Vince was a 2010 primary election candidate for House Representative in the 1st legislative district, and came within 200 votes of advancing to the general election. During that short 12-week primary campaign, Vince received support from 350 community members — students, parents of students, political and business leaders, and friends — who helped make 16,646 person-to-person phone calls, ring 7,863 doorbells in 73 precincts, and raise $29,000, of which, more than 65 percent of donations were $50 or less. For more information, visit www.vincedemiero.com

Respected Leader. Vince is the president of the Washington Journalism Education Association, is a board member of the Journalism Education Association’s Scholastic Press Rights Commission and serves as the Washington state JEA director. Vince served as the teacher leader of The Discovery School, one of five small schools within MTHS under grants from the Gates Foundation and the U.S. Department of Education. Vince has been named the WJEA Adviser of the Year (1995 & 2006) and the Edmonds School District Educator of the Year.

Supporter of Youth Activities. Vince has volunteered thousands of hours in support of youth music and sports programs. His passion for coaching baseball and basketball is especially evident, and he has strong ties to the AAU, PONY, MTYAA, SJHA and select teams throughout the community. In addition, Vince is a Life Trustee of the Friends of Frank DeMiero Foundation, which is named in honor of his father and supports arts education initiatives, and has been the court-side voice of the MTHS men’s basketball team for more than 20 years.

Long-time Community Member. A product of the Edmonds School District, Vince has resided in Snohomish County for 34 years. He attended Hazelwood, Ballinger and Evergreen elementary schools, Alderwood Junior High and Lynnwood High School. He earned a two-year degree from Edmonds Community College and received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees with honors at Washington State University.

Father. Vince, and his wife, Debbie, have four children: Miranda (MTHS ’04, Seattle U ’09), Gabriel (MTHS ’05, WSU ’09), Maria (MTHS ’10, Seattle U ’14) and Dominic (MTHS ’14).


160 Reasons is a grassroots effort to save Washington State’s education system from recently-proposed legislation that, if signed into law, would irreparably destroy public education as we know it.