Jim Burgess

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Jim Burgess
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Candidate for
Ohio House of Representatives, District 25
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
High schoolPickerington High School
Associate'sWashington State Community, Columbus State Community
OtherWashington State Community
ProfessionBusiness Management
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Jim Burgess was a 2014 Republican candidate for District 25 of the Ohio House of Representatives.

He was a candidate for the Westerville City School Board. He lost in the election on November 5, 2013. Candidates Burgess, Luke Davis and John Sodt ran for the Westerville Board of Education as a unit, saying electing them as a team would prove effective for change in the district.[1]


Burgess has extensive experience in business management, including being Manager of Master Data at Sterling Commerce. He has two Associate of Applied Business degrees, one in Broadcast Operations from Washington State Community College, and the other in Business Management from Columbus State Community College. He is married with three children.[2]



See also: Ohio House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Ohio House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on May 6, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 5, 2014. Incumbent Kevin Boyce was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Seth B. Golding defeated Jim Burgess in the Republican primary. Boyce defeated Golding in the general election.[3]

Ohio House of Representatives, District 25 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKevin Boyce 81.8% 18,986
     Republican Seth B. Golding 18.2% 4,231
Total Votes 23,217


See also: Westerville City School District elections (2013)


Eight candidates declared their intentions to run for three at-large seats on the Westerville City School Board. Burgess, Luke Davis and John Sodt sought election as a group, and so they faced four other challengers and one incumbent.


Westerville City School District, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngNancy Nestor‐Baker 17.8% 5,086
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngTracy A. Davidson 17.2% 4,900
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRick A. Vilardo 15.1% 4,316
     Nonpartisan Jim Burgess 13.4% 3,819
     Nonpartisan Luke Davis 11.4% 3,238
     Nonpartisan John Sodt 11.2% 3,192
     Nonpartisan Kevin Hoffman Incumbent 9.3% 2,659
     Nonpartisan Robert Edwards 4.5% 1,296
Total Votes 28,506
Source: Franklin County Board of Elections, "Election Summary Report for General Election in Franklin County, Ohio," accessed December 13, 2013


Burgess was not endorsed in this campaign.


Burgess reported no contributions or expenditures to the Ohio Secretary of State.[4]

Campaign themes

Burgess stated the following on his website as his priorities for WCSD:[5]

Responsible change means:
Creating a Students First management system directing money to classroom education and services.

Emphasizing Student Safety.

Raising educational standards and results.

Maintaining property taxes - NOT raising them.

Reviewing district business practices.

Expanding the Board of Education's Code of Ethics.


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

What was at stake?

Eight candidates vied for three at-large seats on the Westerville City School Board on November 5, 2013. Only one incumbent filed for re-election.

About the district

See also: Westerville City School District, Ohio
Westerville City School District is located in Westerville, Ohio
Westerville City School District is located in the city of Westerville, which is situated in central Ohio. The city's population was 36,120 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[6]


In terms of graduation rate, average household income and poverty rate, Westerville overperformed in these areas by a fairly wide margin. The graduation rate was 96.5% compared to 87.8% statewide. The average household income was $83,234 compared to $48,071 in the entire state. The poverty rate with 6.3%, while the poverty rate for Ohio was 14.8%.[7]

Racial Demographics, 2010[7]
Race Westerville City (%) Ohio (%)
White 88.6 83.4
Black 6.4 12.5
Asian 2.3 1.8
Hispanic or Latino 1.9 3.3
American Indian 0.2 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.[8]

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