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Michael Harlow
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Board Member, Northwest Local School District, At-large
Term ends
November 2017
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Toledo
Master'sUniversity of Toledo
ProfessionEducation policy consultant
Campaign website
Michael Harlow is an at-large seat holder on the Northwest Local School Board. He won election on November 5, 2013 against three fellow challengers and three incumbents.


Harlow has his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Public Administration from the University of Toledo. He is currently an education policy consultant. He has also served on the Northwest High School Construction Technology Advisory Committee.[1]



See also: Northwest Local School District elections (2013)


Northwest Local School District, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngPamela L. Detzel Incumbent 19.4% 4,995
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Harlow 17% 4,388
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngChristopher J. Heather 15.9% 4,107
     Nonpartisan David Denny Incumbent 15.4% 3,960
     Nonpartisan Bruce Gehring 14.5% 3,727
     Nonpartisan Elaine Gauck Incumbent 10.6% 2,737
     Nonpartisan Dexter Harold Carpenter 7.3% 1,873
Total Votes 25,787
Source: Hamilton County of Ohio, "Election Summary Report for General Election in Hamilton County, Ohio," accessed December 16, 2013


Harlow was not endorsed in this campaign.


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

Campaign themes

In a 2013 interview with the Courier Post, Harlow stated the following when asked about his campaign priorities:[1]

How can the district meet its budget challenges?
Harlow says a top-to-bottom review of all expenditures, with special focus on expenses that benefit the adults more than the students, needs to happen. “We should be compared to similar districts and the best practices should be emulated,” he said.

The district has a five-year emergency levy that raises about $7 million annually. If elected, will you support its renewal?
Harlow says he is a fiscal conservative, and continuing and emergency levies would be considered. Regarding what would be cut if a levy doesn’t pass, he said that would not be just his decision. “The board would need input from everybody from the ground up, parents teachers and administrators,” he said.

What do you think are the biggest challenges facing the district in the next four years?
Harlow says the biggest challenge is an out-of-touch board that makes threats to pass levies. He said the lines of communication between the administration and the teachers need to improve. “Our students are falling behind nearby districts in student achievement,” he said. “Change needs to happen but parents and teachers need to have more input.”

What was at stake?

Three seats were up for election on the Northwest Local School Board on November 5, 2013. All three incumbents filed for re-election.

About the district

See also: Northwest Local School District, Ohio
Northwest Local School District is located in Hamilton County, Ohio
Northwest Local School District is located in Hamilton County, which is situated in southwestern Ohio. The county's population was 146,156 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[3]


In terms of graduation rate and average household income, Hamilton County overperformed in these areas. The graduation rate was 87.9% compared to 87.8% statewide. The average household income was $49,218 compared to $48,071 in the entire state. In terms of the poverty rate, Hamilton County underperformed with 15.9%, while the poverty rate for Ohio was 14.8%.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2010[4]
Race Hamilton County (%) Ohio (%)
White 69.5 83.4
Black 25.9 12.5
Hispanic or Latino 2.7 3.3
Asian 2.2 1.8
American Indian 0.3 0.3
Two or More Races 2.1 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.[5]

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