John Sodt

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John Sodt
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Former candidate for
Board Member, Westerville City School District, At-large
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sCapital University
Master'sUniversity of Arkansas
ProfessionRetired, Information Technology Consultant
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John Sodt was a candidate for the Westerville City School Board. He lost election on November 5, 2013. Candidates Sodt, Jim Burgess and Luke Davis 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]


Sodt has his Bachelor's degree from Capital University in Business Administration and his Master's from the University of Arkansas in Business Management. He is a retired information technology consultant with 35 years of finance, personnel, and project management experience.[2]



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. Sodt, Jim Burgess and Luke Davis 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


Sodt was not endorsed in this campaign.


Sodt reported no contributions or expenditures to the Ohio Secretary of State.[3]

Campaign themes

Sodt stated the following on his website as his priorities for WCSD:[4]

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.[5]


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%.[6]

Racial Demographics, 2010[6]
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: Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" percentage, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off. Read more about race and ethnicity in the Census here.[7]

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