Lakota Local Schools elections (2013)

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2013 Lakota Local Schools Elections

General Election date:
November 5, 2013
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
See also
Lakota Local Schools
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Three seats were up for election on the Lakota Board of Education. Incumbents Ben Dibble and Ray Murray, as well as challenger Todd Parnell, defeated DaMonte Cole for the three at-large seats.

About the district

See also: Lakota Local Schools, Ohio
Lakota Local Schools is located in Butler County, Ohio
Lakota Local Schools in Liberty Township is located in Butler County, which is situated in southwestern Ohio. The county's population was 368,130 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[1]


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.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2012[1]
Race Butler County (%) Ohio (%)
White 87.2 82.7
Black or African American 7.8 12.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 0.2
Asian 2.6 1.7
Two or More Races 2.0 2.1
Hispanic or Latino 4.2 3.1

Presidential Voting Pattern[2]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 36.5 61.7
2008 37.9 60.5
2004 33.7 65.9
2000 33.9 63.3

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.[3][4]

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.[5]

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.[6]




  • DaMonte Cole
    • Store manager, Pizza Hut
  • Ben Dibble
    • Incumbent
    • Graduate, University of Connecticut
    • Computer programmer, HP Enterprise Services
  • Ray Murray
    • Incumbent
    • Graduate, Huron College
    • Retired police officer
  • Todd Parnell
    • Graduate, DePaul University and Ohio State University
    • Operations manager, DisplayWorks

Election results

Lakota Local Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngTodd Parnell 30.8% 12,882
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRay Murray Incumbent 29% 12,113
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBen Dibble Incumbent 27.8% 11,617
     Nonpartisan DaMonte Cole 12.5% 5,229
Total Votes 41,841
Source: Butler County Elections, "Election Summary Report for General Election in Butler County, Ohio," accessed December 13, 2013

Campaign finance

No contributions or expenditures were reported during the election, according to the Ohio Secretary of State.[7]


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.[8]

Past elections


Lakota Board of Education, At-large, November 8, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJulie Shaffer 25.5% 11,222
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLynda O'Connor 25.1% 11,061
     Nonpartisan Mark Etterling 19.7% 8,672
     Nonpartisan Luke Hall 15.5% 6,828
     Nonpartisan Jamie Green 14.3% 6,295
Total Votes 44,078
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.[9]

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Lakota Board of Education elections in 2013:[10]

Deadline Event
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.[5]

See also

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