|Board Member, Parma City School District, At-large|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
A lifelong resident of the Parma City School District, Petro graduated from Parma Senior High School. She and her husband Frank have two children, Jennifer and Frank. The couple has owned and operated Carpet Specialities, a flooring installation company specializing in commercial and residential carpet installation for 20 years.
|Parma City School District, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Rosemary Gulick Incumbent||20.8%||9,185|
|Nonpartisan||Kathleen Petro Incumbent||18%||7,953|
|Nonpartisan||Leo Palaibis Incumbent||13.6%||6,002|
|Source: Cuyahoga County of Ohio, "Election Summary Report for General Election in Cuyahoga County, Ohio," accessed December 13, 2013|
Teamsters Ohio D.R.I.V.E., a local philanthropic group, endorsed Petro.
|Parma City School District, At-large, 4-year term, 2009|
|Nonpartisan||Rosemary C. Gulick||15.1%||11,403|
|Nonpartisan||Wanda E. Ullman||12.8%||9,657|
|Nonpartisan||Michael J. Bezek||12.3%||9,258|
|Nonpartisan||Susan M. Dmytriw||8.3%||6,240|
|Nonpartisan||Amalia Pirozzoli Feuerstein||6.6%||4,935|
|Source: Election Results Summary, "General Election, Cuyahoga County," accessed October 30, 2013|
What was at stake?
Six candidates vied for three at-large seats on the Parma City School Board on November 5, 2013. Two of the three incumbents won re-election, while Leo Palaibis was replaced by newcomer Lynn Halloran.
About the district
In terms of graduation rate, average household income and poverty rate, Cuyahoga County underperformed in these areas. The graduation rate was 86.7% compared to 87.8% statewide. The average household income was $44,088 compared to $48,071 in the entire state. The poverty rate was 17.1%, while the poverty rate for Ohio was 14.8%.
|Racial Demographics, 2010|
|Race||Franklin County (%)||Ohio (%)|
|Hispanic or Latino||5.1||3.3|
|Two or More Races||1.9||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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- Parma City School District, "Kathleen Petro," accessed October 30, 2013 (dead link)
- Teamsters Joint Council 41, "Teamsters Ohio D.R.I.V.E Endorsements," accessed October 22, 2013
- Ohio Secretary of State, "Elections & Voting: Campaign Finance," accessed December 23, 2013
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Cuyahoga County," accessed October 21, 2013
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- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014