Martha Good

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Martha Good
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Former candidate for

Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sSkidmore College
J.D.University of Cincinnati
Ph.D.Brown University
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Martha Good was a candidate for an at-large seat on the Cincinnati Schools Board of Education in Ohio. She was defeated during the November 5, 2013 general election.


Good earned a B.A. in government from Skidmore College in 1967 and a Ph.D. in political science from Brown University in 1975. She later earned a J.D. from the University of Cincinnati in 1985. After receiving her law degree, Good clerked for Judge David S. Porter.

Throughout her career, Good has primarily worked in private practice. During that time, however, she served as a Circuit Mediator for the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and an arbitrator for the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas. She has also been a professor of Political Science at Miami University. Good is currently an Adjunct Professor Law at the University of Cincinnati. She is also a staff attorney with the Legal Aid Society of Southwest Ohio. Good is the mother of three children who graduated from Cincinnati schools.[1][2][3]

Awards and associations

  • President of Board, Friends of Harriet Beecher Stowe House
  • Parent Advisory Board, Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra
  • Member, Cincinnati Women's Political Caucus
  • Member, National Organization for Women
  • Member, Women's Campaign Forum
  • Member, Amnesty International
  • Member, American Civil Liberties Union[3]



See also Cincinnati Public Schools elections (2013)

Good sought election to the board against eight other candidates on November 5, 2013.


Cincinnati Board of Education, At-large, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMelanie Bates Incumbent 18.1% 27,469
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngEricka Copeland-Dansby 14.8% 22,455
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngElisa Hoffman 13.8% 20,861
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDaniel Minera 10.9% 16,537
     Nonpartisan Marcia A. Futel 10.1% 15,368
     Nonpartisan Betsy Shank 9.7% 14,752
     Nonpartisan Martha Good 9.2% 13,909
     Nonpartisan Sally O'Callaghan 8.3% 12,621
     Nonpartisan Victoria Straughn 5% 7,540
Total Votes 151,512
Source: Hamilton County, Ohio Board of Elections, "Official Results," accessed December 13, 2013


Good reported $73.42 in contributions but no expenditures to the Ohio Secretary of State, which left her campaign with $73.42 on hand.[4]


See also: Ohio judicial elections, 2012

Good was defeated by incumbent Pat Fischer (R) in the general election for the Ohio Court of Appeals District 1 seat on November 6, 2012, receiving 45.57 percent of the vote.[5][6]

Ohio Court of Appeals, District 1, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPat Fischer 54.4% 172,106
     Democrat Martha Good 45.6% 144,079
Total Votes 316,185
Source: Hamilton County Board of Elections, "Cumulative Report," November 26, 2012

Cincinnati Bar Association judicial candidate ratings

The following table lists Good's judicial candidate rankings in 2012, which were conducted by the Cincinnati Bar Association:[7]

Excellent Good Fair Poor
Integrity, Character & Objectivity 37% 14% 24% 25%
Legal Experience, Knowledge & Ability 24% 17% 21% 38%
Respect for/courtesy to Litigants, Counsel & Witnesses 33% 22% 17% 27%
Diligence 25% 16% 22% 37%


See also: Ohio judicial elections, 2011

Good was defeated by incumbent Russell Mock in the general election on November 8, 2011, receiving only 37.6 percent of the vote.[8][9]


Main article: Ohio judicial elections, 2010

Good ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. She was defeated by Sylvia Sieve Hendon in the general election.[10][11]

Campaign themes


In an interview with the League of Women Voters of the Cincinnati Area, Good explained how she would improve district schools:[12]

"We need to ensure that every dollar spent maximizes student academic achievement. Current spending should be evaluated and funds should be re-purposed for maximum direct impact to make schools effective institutions for nurturing each child's unique skills and talents. We need the best possible teacher in every classroom. We should stop preparing for tests and focus on fostering real learning and competence. We also need to engage parents and the community in educating all children for the benefit of both the children and the community. Finally we must ensure that all students participate in sports, art, music and other activities."

What was at stake?

Incumbent Melanie Bates was the only current member of the board seeking re-election in 2013. Eileen Cooper Reed and Catherine Ingram did not file for election and Vanessa White is seeking a seat on the Cincinnati City Council. Bates faced eight other candidates for four available seats on the board.


The district is contending with changing state standards for public schools embodied in the annual Ohio School Report Cards. Cincinnati Public Schools scored a C on the 2012-2013 report for overall performance and only met 45.8% of the state's performance indicators. Superintendent Mary Ronan and board members support strong standards though there is a concern that charter and private schools are not measured by the same standards.[13][14]

About the district

See also: Cincinnati Public Schools, Ohio
Cincinnati Public Schools is located in Hamilton County, Ohio
Cincinnati is the county seat of Hamilton County and located in southwestern Ohio. The city's population was 296,946 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[15]


Cincinnati lags behind the rest of Ohio in terms of median income and poverty rate while outpacing the state in higher education attainment. The 2010 U.S. Census found that 31% of Cincinnati residents over 25 years old held undergraduate degrees compared to a 24.5% rate for the state of Ohio. Cincinnati had a median income of $34,104 in 2010 compared to $48,071 for Ohio. The poverty rate for Cincinnati was 27.4% in 2010 compared to an 14.8% rate for the rest of the state.[15]

Racial Demographics, 2012[15]
Race Cincinnati (%) Ohio (%)
White 49.3 82.7
Black or African American 44.8 12.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 0.2
Asian 1.8 1.7
Two or More Races 2.5 2.1
Hispanic or Latino 2.8 3.1

Presidential Voting Pattern[16][17]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 52.5 46.1
2008 53 46
2004 47 52.5
2000 46.3 50.1

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.[18][19]

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  1. LinkedIn, "Martha Good," accessed September 12, 2013
  2. Smart Voter, "Cincinnati City School District Voter Information," accessed September 13, 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 Martha Good for Ohio Court of Appeals Judge, "Home," accessed December 1, 2012
  4. Ohio Secretary of State, "Elections & Voting: Campaign Finance," accessed December 26, 2013
  5. Ohio Secretary of State, "Official Election Results, 11/6/2012: Judge of Court of Appeals," accessed December 1, 2012
  6. Hamilton County Board of Elections, "2012 Primary Election candidates," accessed December 1, 2012
  7. Cincinnati Bar Association, "2012 Judicial Candidate Ratings," accessed December 1, 2012
  8. Hamilton County Board of Elections, "Unofficial Results, 11/8/2011," accessed December 5, 2011
  9. Hamilton County Board of Elections, "Candidates 2011 General Election," accessed October 18, 2011
  10. Ohio Secretary of State, "Live Unofficial Election Results," accessed November 2, 2010
  11. Ohio Secretary of State, "Primary election results," accessed October 20, 2010
  12. Smart Voter, "Martha Good Answers Questions," accessed September 13, 2013
  13. Local 12, "Ohio's school report cards are in," August 23, 2013
  14. Ohio Department of Education, "2012-2013 Report Card for Cincinnati Public Schools," accessed September 12, 2013
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Cincinnati," accessed September 13, 2013
  16. Hamilton County Board of Elections, "Election Results," accessed September 13, 2013
  17. Smart Voter, "President Contests for Hamilton County," accessed September 13, 2013
  18. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  19. 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.