Ericka Copeland-Dansby

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Ericka Copeland-Dansby
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Cincinnati Board of Education, At-large
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sWilberforce University
Master'sXavier University
ProfessionStrategic consultant
(timed out) Campaign website
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Ericka Copeland-Dansby is an at-large member on the Cincinnati Schools Board of Education. She first won election to the board on November 5, 2013. Copeland-Dansby campaigned to increase parental and community involvement in district policies.


Copeland-Dansby earned a B.S. in Organizational and Industrial Psychology from Wilberforce University in 1993. She later earned a M.Ed. from Xavier University in 2000. Copeland-Dansby worked for a decade as the Executive Director of Mercy Health Partners before opening SuccessStrategies in 2012.[1] She and her husband, Darrick, have one child attending district schools.[2]



See also Cincinnati Public Schools elections (2013)

Copeland-Dansby won election to the board against eight other candidates in the November 5, 2013 general election.


Cincinnati Board of Education, At-large, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMelanie Bates Incumbent 18.1% 27,469
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngEricka Copeland-Dansby 14.8% 22,455
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngElisa Hoffman 13.8% 20,861
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDaniel Minera 10.9% 16,537
     Nonpartisan Marcia A. Futel 10.1% 15,368
     Nonpartisan Betsy Shank 9.7% 14,752
     Nonpartisan Martha Good 9.2% 13,909
     Nonpartisan Sally O'Callaghan 8.3% 12,621
     Nonpartisan Victoria Straughn 5% 7,540
Total Votes 151,512
Source: Hamilton County, Ohio Board of Elections, "Official Results," accessed December 13, 2013


The Brighter Future Fund PAC reported $17,334.05 in ad spending to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on October 23, 2013. This filing covered television ads on WLWT supporting Ericka Copeland-Dansby and Elisa Hoffman between October 28 and November 4.[3][4]

Copeland-Dansby reported no contributions or expenditures to the Ohio Secretary of State.[5]


On October 14, 2013, The Cincinnati Enquirer endorsed Copeland-Dansby for one of four seats on the board.[6]

Campaign themes


Copeland-Dansby's campaign website listed the following themes for 2013:[7]

New, Innovative and Collaborative Approach to Problem Solving

"Strengthen/build relationships and partnerships that support all students and all families."

Engage Parents, Families and Community in Decision Making and School Accountability

"Educate and empower parents and community to involve themselves with local schools and decision making bodies."

Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.

What was at stake?

Incumbent Melanie Bates was the only current member of the board seeking re-election in 2013. Eileen Cooper Reed and Catherine Ingram did not file for election and Vanessa White is seeking a seat on the Cincinnati City Council. Bates faced eight other candidates for four available seats on the board.


The district is contending with changing state standards for public schools embodied in the annual Ohio School Report Cards. Cincinnati Public Schools scored a C on the 2012-2013 report for overall performance and only met 45.8% of the state's performance indicators. Superintendent Mary Ronan and board members support strong standards though there is a concern that charter and private schools are not measured by the same standards.[8][9]

About the district

See also: Cincinnati Public Schools, Ohio
Cincinnati Public Schools is located in Hamilton County, Ohio
Cincinnati is the county seat of Hamilton County and located in southwestern Ohio. The city's population was 296,946 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[10]


Cincinnati lags behind the rest of Ohio in terms of median income and poverty rate while outpacing the state in higher education attainment. The 2010 U.S. Census found that 31% of Cincinnati residents over 25 years old held undergraduate degrees compared to a 24.5% rate for the state of Ohio. Cincinnati had a median income of $34,104 in 2010 compared to $48,071 for Ohio. The poverty rate for Cincinnati was 27.4% in 2010 compared to an 14.8% rate for the rest of the state.[10]

Racial Demographics, 2012[10]
Race Cincinnati (%) Ohio (%)
White 49.3 82.7
Black or African American 44.8 12.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 0.2
Asian 1.8 1.7
Two or More Races 2.5 2.1
Hispanic or Latino 2.8 3.1

Presidential Voting Pattern[11][12]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 52.5 46.1
2008 53 46
2004 47 52.5
2000 46.3 50.1

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.[13][14]

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  1. LinkedIn, "Ericka Copeland-Dansby," accessed September 12, 2013
  2. Copeland-Dansby for Cincinnati Public Schools, "About," accessed September 12, 2013 (timed out)
  3. Political Ad Sleuth, "Ad filings in Cincinnati, OH," November 4, 2013
  4. Federal Communications Commission, "Agreement Form for Political Candidate Advertisements," October 23, 2013
  5. Ohio Secretary of State, "Elections & Voting: Campaign Finance," accessed December 26, 2013
  6. Cincinnati Enquirer, "ENDORSEMENT: Leading the public school system," October 14, 2013
  7. Copeland-Dansby for Cincinnati Public Schools, "Priorities," accessed September 12, 2013 (timed out)
  8. Local 12, "Ohio's school report cards are in," August 23, 2013
  9. Ohio Department of Education, "2012-2013 Report Card for Cincinnati Public Schools," accessed September 12, 2013
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Cincinnati," accessed September 13, 2013
  11. Hamilton County Board of Elections, "Election Results," accessed September 13, 2013
  12. Smart Voter, "President Contests for Hamilton County," accessed September 13, 2013
  13. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  14. 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.