|Former candidate for|
|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 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. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
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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