Debbie Maire Walsh
|Debbie Maire Walsh|
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|Akron Board of Education, At-large|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
Walsh worked as a field operations supervisor for the Summit County Board of Elections from 2007 to 2009. She currently serves as Executive Director of the Summit County Republican Party.
- See also: Akron Public Schools elections (2013)
Walsh sought election to the board against six other candidates in the November 5, 2013 general election. There were four available seats on the board in 2013.
|Akron Public Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Lisa Mansfield Incumbent||20.9%||11,621|
|Nonpartisan||Bruce D. Alexander Incumbent||18.6%||10,344|
|Nonpartisan||Veronica Sims Incumbent||15.8%||8,816|
|Nonpartisan||Janice O. Davis||12.2%||6,814|
|Nonpartisan||Debbie Maire Walsh||9.8%||5,466|
|Source: Summit County Board of Elections, "Election Summary Report for General Election in Summit County, Ohio," accessed December 13, 2013|
What was at stake?
Incumbents Bruce D. Alexander, Lisa Mansfield and Veronica Sims sought re-election to the board on November 5, 2013. The race also featured challengers Janice O. Davis, Dave Lombardi, Scott Stetson and Debbie Maire Walsh. Current member and board president Jason Haas did not file for re-election.
Board members in Akron will contend with academic performance issues stemming from recent assessments by the Ohio Department of Education. The district only achieved proficiency in five performance indicators out of 24 according to the 2012-2013 District Report Card. This evaluation also found that proficiency levels were at least 10% behind state averages in reading and mathematics from grades 3 through 8.
About the district
- See also: Akron Public Schools, Ohio
Akron lags behind the rest of Ohio in terms of higher education achievement, median income and poverty rate. The 2010 U.S. Census found that 20% of Akron residents over 25 years old held undergraduate degrees compared to a 24.5% rate for the state of Ohio. Akron had a median income of $34,190 in 2010 compared to $48,071 for Ohio. The poverty rate for Akron was 25.8% in 2010 compared to an 14.8% rate for the rest of the state.
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.
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- LinkedIn, "Debbie Walsh," accessed September 10, 2013
- Ohio Secretary of State, "Elections & Voting: Campaign Finance," accessed December 26, 2013
- Ohio Department of Education, "2012-2013 Report Card for Akron Public Schools," accessed September 10, 2013
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Akron," accessed September 9, 2013
- Smart Voter, "Summit County, Ohio," accessed September 9, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014