Christopher J. Heather

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Christopher J. Heather
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Board Member, Northwest Local School District, At-large
Incumbent
Term ends
November 2017
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Cincinnati
Ph.D.Case Western Reserve University
Military service
Service/branchCaptain, Air Force Reserve
Personal
ProfessionPsych nurse practitioner
Christopher J. Heather is an at-large seat holder on the Northwest Local School Board. He won election on November 5, 2013 against three fellow challengers and three incumbents.

Biography

Heather, a lifelong resident of the district, has his Bachelor's degree from the University of Cincinnati and doctorate from Case Western Reserve University. He is currently employed as a psych nurse practitioner, and is also a Captain in the United States Air Force Reserve. He previously served on the board and has decided to return after a six-year absence.[1]

Elections

2013

See also: Northwest Local School District elections (2013)

Results

Northwest Local School District, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngPamela L. Detzel Incumbent 19.4% 4,995
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Harlow 17% 4,388
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngChristopher J. Heather 15.9% 4,107
     Nonpartisan David Denny Incumbent 15.4% 3,960
     Nonpartisan Bruce Gehring 14.5% 3,727
     Nonpartisan Elaine Gauck Incumbent 10.6% 2,737
     Nonpartisan Dexter Harold Carpenter 7.3% 1,873
Total Votes 25,787
Source: Hamilton County of Ohio, "Election Summary Report for General Election in Hamilton County, Ohio," accessed December 16, 2013

Endorsements

Heather was not endorsed in this campaign.

Funding

As of October 28, 2013, Heather did not disclose any campaign contributions.[2]

Campaign themes

In a 2013 interview with the Courier Post, Heather stated the following when asked about his campaign priorities:[1]

How can the district meet its budget challenges?
Heather says he would promote fiscal transparency, posting every dollar spent on the district website, with vendors’ names and amounts paid. “I will work to reduce any areas of the district that are management-heavy, and try to utilize those savings for the benefit of the students in the classroom,” he said.

The district has a five-year emergency levy that raises about $7 million annually. If elected, will you support its renewal?
Heather says he would probably be supportive, he would like to fine-tune it to see how it could be reduced. “I know the board has made cuts and we can’t cut a lot more,” he said. “I would like to look at closing a building or two to see if we couldn’t cut it in half, but we would probably need to go about where we are at.”

What do you think are the biggest challenges facing the district in the next four years?
Improving the district state score by considering a return to earlier, more effective curriculum styles, providing a safe and secure environment for students and being responsive to residents’ needs. He said the Northwest High School uniform policy may need to be extended to other schools.

What was at stake?

Three seats were up for election on the Northwest Local School Board on November 5, 2013. All three incumbents filed for re-election.

About the district

See also: Northwest Local School District, Ohio
Northwest Local School District is located in Hamilton County, Ohio
Northwest Local School District is located in Hamilton County, which is situated in southwestern Ohio. The county's population was 146,156 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[3]

Demographics

In terms of graduation rate and average household income, Hamilton County overperformed in these areas. The graduation rate was 87.9% compared to 87.8% statewide. The average household income was $49,218 compared to $48,071 in the entire state. In terms of the poverty rate, Hamilton County underperformed with 15.9%, while the poverty rate for Ohio was 14.8%.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2010[4]
Race Hamilton County (%) Ohio (%)
White 69.5 83.4
Black 25.9 12.5
Hispanic or Latino 2.7 3.3
Asian 2.2 1.8
American Indian 0.3 0.3
Two or More Races 2.1 2.0

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.[5]

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