Lakota Local Schools elections (2013)
Method of election
What was at stake?
Lakota Local Schools
About the district
- See also: Lakota Local Schools, Ohio
Butler County outperforms the rest of Ohio in terms of higher education attainment, median income and poverty rate. The 2010 U.S. Census found that 26.5% of Butler County residents over 25 years old held undergraduate degrees compared to a 24.5% rate for the state of Ohio. Butler County had a median income of $55,497 in 2010 compared to $48,071 for Ohio. The poverty rate for Butler County was 12.8% in 2010 compared to an 14.8% rate for the rest of the state.
Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.
Method of board member selection
The Lakota Board of Education consists of five members who are elected at-large to four-year terms. There was no primary election on September 10, 2013 and the general election was held on November 5, 2013. Three seats on the board were up for election in 2013 and two seats will be on the ballot on November 3, 2015.
Candidates for the Lakota Board of Education must be 18 years old, a resident of the district and not hold city office concurrent to board service. The Butler County Board of Elections required a $30 filing fee as well as at least 25 signatures by the filing deadline on August 7, 2013.
- DaMonte Cole
- Store manager, Pizza Hut
- Ben Dibble
- Graduate, University of Connecticut
- Computer programmer, HP Enterprise Services
- Ray Murray
- Graduate, Huron College
- Retired police officer
- Todd Parnell
- Graduate, DePaul University and Ohio State University
- Operations manager, DisplayWorks
|Lakota Local Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Ray Murray Incumbent||29%||12,113|
|Nonpartisan||Ben Dibble Incumbent||27.8%||11,617|
|Source: Butler County Elections, "Election Summary Report for General Election in Butler County, Ohio," accessed December 13, 2013|
All four candidates participated in a forum at the district's administrative offices on October 9, 2013. Each candidate supported the millage rate increase in Issue 7 designed to expand and improve facilities. Ray Murray advocated restoration of funding for teacher and staff development programs in order to improve academic rigor. Ben Dibble and Todd Parnell spoke about their support for more substantial investments in classroom technology. DaMonte Cole cited his youth and recent experiences with district schools as potential assets during board meetings.
|Lakota Board of Education, At-large, November 8, 2011|
|Source: Butler County Board of Elections|
What was at stake?
Incumbents Ben Dibble and Ray Murray were seeking their second terms on the board in 2013. They were joined on the ballot by newcomers DaMonte Cole and Todd Parnell in the November 5 general election. Board president Joan Powell did not file for re-election after 16 years of service.
The following dates were key deadlines for the Lakota Board of Education elections in 2013:
|August 7, 2013||Last day to file nominating petitions for local nonpartisan races|
|October 24, 2013||Filing deadline for pre-election expense reports|
|November 5, 2013||Election day|
|November 26, 2013||Certification of election results by county officials|
|December 13, 2013||Filing deadline for post-election expense reports|
Additional elections on the ballot
The Lakota Board of Education election shared the ballot with other local elections. Residents of Liberty Township selected two members of the Board of Trustees. The ballot also included three seats on the Hamilton County Educational Service Center Board. Voters also cast ballots in favor on Issue 7, which increased the millage rate by 5.5 to handle operating costs and ongoing renovations at district schools.
- Lakota Local Schools, Ohio
- List of school board elections in 2013
- Hamilton County, Ohio ballot measures
- Financial policies, education standards at stake in November school board elections
- School board election wrap-up: Incumbents re-elected overwhelmingly in November 5 elections
- School board elections review: Voters opt for experience over new blood in nation's largest school districts
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Butler County," accessed September 19, 2013
- Butler County Board of Elections, "Archives," accessed September 17, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- 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.
- Butler County Board of Elections, "November 2013 elections," accessed September 20, 2013
- Ohio Secretary of State, "2013 Candidate Guide," accessed September 20, 2013
- Ohio Secretary of State, "Elections & Voting: Campaign Finance," accessed December 26, 2013
- Cincinnati.com, "Stakes high for Lakota board election," October 12, 2013
- Today's Pulse, "Lakota board president will not seek re-election," accessed January 16, 2013
- Ohio Secretary of State, "2013 Election Calendar," accessed September 20, 2013