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David Denny

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David Denny
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Board President, Northwest Local School District, At-large
Former member
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First elected2009
Term limitsN/A
High schoolColerain High School
ProfessionManagement consultant
David Denny was previously an at-large seat holder on the Northwest Local School Board, where he was also Board President. He lost re-election on November 5, 2013 against four challengers and two fellow incumbents.


Denny graduated from Colerain High School and has his Bachelor's degree in Organizational Psychology. He is currently employed as a management consultant. Prior to joining the board, Denny had roles on the district’s budget committee, alternative schools committee and a number of levy campaigns. He has three children who attend or have graduated from the district.[1]



See also: Northwest Local School District elections (2013)


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


Denny was not endorsed in this campaign.


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


Northwest Local School District, At-large, 4-year term, 2009
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngPamela L. Detzel 27.6% 11,719
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Denny 21.8% 9,240
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngElaine Gauck 21.5% 9,099
     Nonpartisan Fred Hunt 19.4% 8,214
     Nonpartisan Dexter Harold Carpenter 9.8% 4,140
Total Votes 42,412
Source: Board Member; Northwest Local School District Voter Information, "Candidates," accessed October 30, 2013

Campaign themes

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

How can the district meet its budget challenges?
Denny said money is always an issue. “There are lots of needs but a finite pool of money,” he said. “We need to continue to be diligent and creative in looking for alternative sources of resources to provide excellent education for less. Our present board is financially very conservative, we are not financially irresponsible.”

The district has a five-year emergency levy that raises about $7 million annually. If elected, will you support its renewal?
If it’s needed. He says he’s a financial conservative, but when the levy was presented it was because of an unstable financial situation and the board chose to put extracurriculars on the block because it wanted to preserve AP classes and other educational programs. “We can’t close buildings because they are full,” he said.

What do you think are the biggest challenges facing the district in the next four years?
He cites performance on the state report card, and says if elected he would focus also on improve and expand blended learning, ongoing improvement of the relationship with the townships and improving engaging and educating the public about issues. “We will figure out how to work with the new (report card) system and move forward. We have excellent administrators and teachers who will step up to the challenge.”

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]


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, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[5] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

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