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Kathleen Petro

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Kathleen Petro
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Board Member, Parma City School District, At-large
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Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
ProfessionBusiness owner
Kathleen Petro is a current at-large seat holder on the Parma City School Board. She won re-election on November 5, 2013 against two fellow incumbents and three challengers.


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.[1]



See also: Parma City School District elections (2013)


Parma City School District, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRosemary Gulick Incumbent 20.8% 9,185
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLynn Halloran 18.7% 8,246
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKathleen Petro Incumbent 18% 7,953
     Nonpartisan Cyndee Bratz 14.9% 6,580
     Nonpartisan William Madar 14.1% 6,213
     Nonpartisan Leo Palaibis Incumbent 13.6% 6,002
Total Votes 44,179
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.[2]


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


Parma City School District, At-large, 4-year term, 2009
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRosemary C. Gulick 15.1% 11,403
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLeo Palaibis 14.6% 10,983
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKathleen Petro 16% 12,075
     Nonpartisan Cyndee Bratz 14.3% 10,771
     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
Total Votes 75,322
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

Parma City School District is located in Cuyahoga County, Ohio
Parma City School District is located in Cuyahoga County, which is situated in northern Ohio. The county's population was 1,280,122 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[4]


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%.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2010[5]
Race Franklin County (%) Ohio (%)
White 64.8 83.4
Black 30.2 12.5
Hispanic or Latino 5.1 3.3
Asian 2.8 1.8
American Indian 0.3 0.3
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.[6] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

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