|Board Member, Westerville City School District, At-large|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|Master's||University of Arkansas|
|Profession||Retired, Information Technology Consultant|
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.
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|
|Nonpartisan||Tracy A. Davidson||17.2%||4,900|
|Nonpartisan||Rick A. Vilardo||15.1%||4,316|
|Nonpartisan||Kevin Hoffman Incumbent||9.3%||2,659|
|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 stated the following on his website as his priorities for WCSD:
Responsible change means:
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
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%.
|Racial Demographics, 2010|
|Race||Westerville City (%)||Ohio (%)|
|Hispanic or Latino||1.9||3.3|
|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 100.0%. Each column will add up to 100.0% after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.
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- Jennifer Nesbitt, This Week Community News, "Three announce joint run for Westerville school board," published August 8, 2013
- Voter Guide, "Westerville Board of Education," accessed October 28, 2013
- Ohio Secretary of State, "Elections & Voting: Campaign Finance," accessed December 23, 2013
- Return Nancy Nestor-Baker to School Board, "Home," accessed October 28, 2013
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Westerville City," accessed October 21, 2013
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- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014