Brian Helwig

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Brian Helwig
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Former candidate for
Board Member, Olentangy Local School District, At-large
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
ProfessionVP of Operations
Campaign website
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Brian Helwig was a candidate for an at-large position on the Olentangy Local School Board. He lost in the November 5, 2013 general election against two incumbents and one fellow challenger.


Helwig is Vice President of Operations in Columbus Ohio. He is also a volunteer EMT and a Heart Camp counselor for children with heart and lung transplants.[1]



See also: Olentangy Local School District elections (2013)


Olentangy Local School District, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJulie Wagner Feasel Incumbent 36.4% 8,095
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDave King Incumbent 33.3% 7,416
     Nonpartisan Brian Helwig 15.3% 3,417
     Nonpartisan Katy Barricklow 15% 3,335
Total Votes 22,263
Source: Delaware County Board of Elections, "Election Summary Report for General Election in Delaware County, Ohio," accessed December 13, 2013


Helwig was not endorsed in this campaign.


Helwig reported no contributions or expenditures to the Ohio Secretary of State.[2]

Campaign themes

Helwig stated the following on his website as major issues facing the district, S.M.A.R.T.:[3]

I want to improve the quality of our children’s education and elevate us above Common Core, putting student learning over student testing and creating merit-based accountability for teachers. Every parent’s expectation of a school board is for them to create an education system where their children flourish and grow. I will create that system!

Mentors and Parents:
Parents don’t want to be surprised by their children’s report card – they want to have confidence that the school system they entrust with their children today will help build the leaders of tomorrow. I want the parents to have the freedom to be as much a part of the education process as their children. There should always be a positive interaction with Olentangy Faculty and Staff and a proactive approach to ensure parents are fully aware of their child’s development. I will ensure that parents have a strong voice at the table!

Our children are competing beyond Ohio – therefore, our children’s education should not just be measured against other Ohio districts, but rather against the international stage, where they compete for scholarships and achieve Academic excellence sought after by top universities. To accomplish this, I will promote freedom in the classroom so that teachers can focus on ensuring our children learn rather than teaching to a test. Teachers should enjoy the fruits of their efforts of helping prepare our children to compete in the world through merit-based meaningful, Accountable evaluations. The school board should be driving the Administration to facilitate the maximum learning of our teachers, so they can live up to the Olentangy slogan!

The School Board has a responsibility to taxpayers and parents, to enable them to be heard and respond to feedback before they take action. I will bring the residents of Olentangy back to the table at the School Board meetings. The School Board has a responsibility to make sound financial decisions that balance education costs and effective curriculum to ensure our children have the environment in which they can excel. I will bring objective measurements and accountability so that as a School Board we can balance spending and improve education.

Teachers should have the flexibility to engage and mentor their students to facilitate the best education environment possible to ensure each child has the opportunity to excel. Teachers don’t want to be surprised about evaluations and their current performance within the education system. We need to develop an accountable measurement system that allows our Teachers to develop their skills and be rewarded for their countless hours spent outside the classroom. We need to encourage our teachers to mentor with teachers in other districts ahead of Olentangy and bring these ideas and process back and improve on them. We need to build an environment that allows passionate teachers to excel, and be a model for the others to follow.

What was at stake?

Four candidates vied for two at-large seats on the Olentangy Local School Board on November 5, 2013. Both incumbents filed for re-election.

About the district

See also: Olentangy Local School District, Ohio
Olentangy Local School District is located in Delaware County, Ohio
Olentangy Local School District in Olentangy is located in Delaware County, which is situated in central Ohio. The county's population was 146,156 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[4]


In terms of graduation rate, average household income and poverty rate, Delaware County overperformed in these areas by a fairly wide margin. The graduation rate was 95.9% compared to 87.8% statewide. The average household income was $90,022 compared to $48,071 in the entire state. The poverty rate was 4.5%, while the poverty rate for Ohio was 14.8%.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2010[5]
Race Delaware County (%) Ohio (%)
White 89.8 83.4
Asian 4.7 1.8
Black 3.5 12.5
Hispanic or Latino 2.3 3.3
American Indian 0.2 0.3
Two or More Races 2.3 2.0

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[6][7]

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  1. Brian Helwig, "About," accessed October 30, 2013 (dead link)
  2. Ohio Secretary of State, "Elections & Voting: Campaign Finance," accessed December 23, 2013
  3. Brian Helwig, "Home," accessed October 30, 2013 (dead link)
  4. U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Delaware County," accessed October 21, 2013
  5. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named Census
  6. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  7. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.