Nancy Nestor‐Baker

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Nancy Nestor-Baker
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Board Member, Westerville City School District, At-large
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Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sOhio State University
Master'sOhio State University
Ph.D.Ohio State University
ProfessionSenior assistant vice president
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Nancy Nestor-Baker is an at-large member on the Westerville City School Board. Nestor-Baker previously served for 14 1/2 years on the board, including five terms as president and two terms as vice president. She won election to the board on November 5, 2013 against six fellow challengers and one incumbent.


Nestor-Baker is a longtime resident of Westerville, having graduated from Westerville Schools. She has her Bachelor's, Master's and Doctorate in the field of education from Ohio State University. She is currently the senior assistant vice president of community engagement for the United Way of Central Ohio. She is the divorced mother of three grown children whom are all currently living in Westerville.[1]



See also: Westerville City School District elections (2013)


Eight candidates declared their intentions to run for three at-large seats on the Westerville City School Board. Three of the candidates — Jim Burgess, Luke Davis and John Sodt — announced that they would run for the Westerville Board of Education as a unit, saying electing them as a team would prove effective for change in the district.[2]


Westerville City School District, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngNancy Nestor‐Baker 17.8% 5,086
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngTracy A. Davidson 17.2% 4,900
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRick A. Vilardo 15.1% 4,316
     Nonpartisan Jim Burgess 13.4% 3,819
     Nonpartisan Luke Davis 11.4% 3,238
     Nonpartisan John Sodt 11.2% 3,192
     Nonpartisan Kevin Hoffman Incumbent 9.3% 2,659
     Nonpartisan Robert Edwards 4.5% 1,296
Total Votes 28,506
Source: Franklin County Board of Elections, "Election Summary Report for General Election in Franklin County, Ohio," accessed December 13, 2013


Nestor-Baker was endorsed by the Franklin County Democratic Party.[3]


Nestor-Baker reported $500 in contributions, but no expenditures to the Ohio Secretary of State, which left her campaign with $500 on hand.[4]

Campaign themes

Nestor-Baker stated the following on her website as her goals for WCSD:[5]

Continued financial stability

Ensuring that all students continue to grow by implementing a sound ‘college and career ready program’ and increasing the graduation rate

Keeping a high standard

Adapting resources to meet changing needs

Balancing what the community wants and how to achieve it --everyone owns the schools; they need to be proud of them

Strengthening the relationships between the schools and the community

Hiring the best and brightest teachers and create pathways so they are able to innovate and to help all students achieve

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

What was at stake?

Eight candidates vied for three at-large seats on the Westerville City School Board on November 5, 2013. Only one incumbent filed for re-election.

About the district

See also: Westerville City School District, Ohio
Westerville City School District is located in Westerville, Ohio
Westerville City School District is located in the city of Westerville, which is situated in central Ohio. The city's population was 36,120 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[6]


In terms of graduation rate, average household income and poverty rate, Westerville overperformed in these areas by a fairly wide margin. The graduation rate was 96.5% compared to 87.8% statewide. The average household income was $83,234 compared to $48,071 in the entire state. The poverty rate with 6.3%, while the poverty rate for Ohio was 14.8%.[7]

Racial Demographics, 2010[7]
Race Westerville City (%) Ohio (%)
White 88.6 83.4
Black 6.4 12.5
Asian 2.3 1.8
Hispanic or Latino 1.9 3.3
American Indian 0.2 0.3
Two or More Races 2.1 2.0

Note: Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" percentage, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off. Read more about race and ethnicity in the Census here.[8]

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