Michael Berding

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Michael Berding
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Fairfield School Board, At-large
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Next generalNovember 5, 2013
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Michael Berding is an at-large member on the Fairfield School Board. He was first elected in the November 5, 2013 general election where he ran against three candidates for three available seats.


Berding is the owner of Midwest Prescription Packaging. He has served as a youth sports coach and volunteered with the district's Diversity Committee. Berding and his wife, Susan, have four children and one grandchild who have attended district schools.[1]



See also: Fairfield City School District elections (2013)


Fairfield City School District, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Berding 33.1% 8,030
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDan Hare 26.5% 6,425
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngThomas Y. Heisler 23.2% 5,617
     Nonpartisan Laurence F. Jones III 17.2% 4,179
Total Votes 24,251
Source: Butler County Elections, "Election Summary Report for General Election in Butler County, Ohio," accessed December 13, 2013


Berding reported no contributions or expenditures to the Ohio Secretary of State.[2]

Campaign themes


Berding's campaign website explained why he is seeking election to the board in 2013:[3]

"Today, Michael wants to serve as a reasonable voice on Fairfield School Board. Someone that is a problem solver. Someone who is cooperative. Someone who will do what is best for the students, while protecting the investment of the taxpayer."

Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.

What was at stake?

Incumbents Mark Morris, Dan Murray and Don Nuss did not file for re-election in 2013. The race for three board seats featured newcomers Berding, Dan Hare, Thomas Y. Heisler and Laurence F. Jones III.


Election fraud

The board was clouded in controversy in 2011 when Butler County Prosecutor Michael Gmoser investigated allegations of election fraud against three board members. Gmoser ultimately found that local businessman Tom Burer used a political action committee (PAC) called Moms on a Mission to funnel money to Sharon Ko, Mark Morris and Dan Murray in order to support his business interests. Burer held a $1.5 million contract with the district to provide maintenance services for school buses. Ko resigned rather than face prosecution by county officials while Gmoser did not have enough proof against Morris and Murray to pursue similar arrangements. Burer plead guilty to attempted tampering with campaign finance reports[4].

About the district

See also: Fairfield City School District, Ohio
Fairfield City Schools is located in Butler County, Ohio
Fairfield is a city located in Butler County in southwestern Ohio. The city's population was 42,510 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[5]


Fairfield outperforms the rest of Ohio in terms of higher education attainment, median income and poverty rate. The 2010 U.S. Census found that 24.6% of Fairfield residents over 25 years old held undergraduate degrees compared to a 24.5% rate for the state of Ohio. Fairfield had a median income of $54,581 in 2010 compared to $48,071 for Ohio. The poverty rate for Fairfield was 8.7% in 2010 compared to an 14.8% rate for the rest of the state.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2012[5]
Race Fairfield (%) Ohio (%)
White 79 82.7
Black or African American 12.8 12.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 0.2
Asian 2.4 1.7
Two or More Races 2.4 2.1
Hispanic or Latino 5.5 3.1

Presidential Voting Pattern[6]
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.[7][8]

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