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Elaine Gauck

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Elaine Gauck
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Board Member, Northwest Local School District, At-large
Former member
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
High schoolColerain High School
ProfessionManager, secretary, treasurer
Elaine Gauck was previously an at-large seat holder on the Northwest Local School Board. She lost re-election on November 5, 2013 against four challengers and two fellow incumbents.


Gauck is a Colerain High School graduate. She is a manager, secretary and treasurer, operating two businesses in Colerain Township.[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


Gauck was not endorsed in this campaign.


Gauck 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?
Gauck says finding new resources to get money without raising taxes is a big challenge for the district. She says the state legislature is not doing its job when it comes to the funding of public education and needs pressure to do so. “If it was properly funded, we wouldn’t need to keep asking for levies,” she said.

The district has a five-year emergency levy that raises about $7 million annually. If elected, will you support its renewal?
Yes, if needed. She says she wouldn’t support it just because it’s up for renewal. “It would have to be proven to me that it was needed,” she said. “I was dead-set against levies before, but when you look at the choices to cut, you see the kids will suffer.”

What do you think are the biggest challenges facing the district in the next four years?
She says retaining teachers and having a board that continues to work together are both important, she says, and keeping good teachers will be challenging because Northwest’s pay scale is comparatively low. “The way the economy is now, I am grateful that we haven’t lost more than we already have,” she said.

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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