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Northwest Local School District elections (2013)

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2013 Northwest Local School District 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
Northwest Local School District
Hamilton County, Ohio ballot measures
Local ballot measures, Ohio
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Three seats on the Northwest Local School Board were up for election on November 5, 2013. Incumbent Pamela L. Detzel and candidates Michael Harlow and Christopher J. Heather won election over incumbents David Denny and Elaine Gauck, as well as challengers Bruce Gehring and Dexter Harold Carpenter, for the three at-large seats.

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, Ohio. The county seat of Hamilton County is Cincinnati, Ohio. The county's population was 802,374 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[1]


Hamilton County outperforms the rest of Ohio in terms of higher education attainment and median income, but underperforms in terms of poverty rate. The 2010 U.S. Census found that 33.2% of Hamilton County residents over 25 years old held undergraduate degrees compared to a 24.7% rate for the state of Ohio. Fairfield had a median income of $49,104 in 2010 compared to $48,246 for Ohio. The poverty rate for Fairfield was 17.1% in 2010 compared to an 15.4% rate for the rest of the state.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2012[1]
Race Hamilton County (%) Ohio (%)
White 69.5 83.4
Black or African American 25.9 12.5
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 0.3
Asian 2.2 1.8
Two or More Races 2.1 2.0
Hispanic or Latino 2.7 3.3

Presidential Voting Pattern[2]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 50.2 48.2
2008 51.2 46.9
2004 48.7 50.8
2000 46.3 50.1

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.[3] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

Method of board member selection

The Northwest Local School Board is composed of five members that are elected at-large. 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.

Candidates for the Northwest Local School Board must be 18 years old, a resident of the district and not hold city office concurrent to board service.[4] They are paid $125 per meeting, with 24 scheduled per year.[5]




  • Bruce Gehring
    • Graduate, University of Cincinnati, Xavier University
    • Former VP of Children's Hospital
  • Michael Harlow
    • Graduate, University of Toledo
    • Education policy consultant
  • Christopher J. Heather
    • Graduate, University of Cincinnati, Case Western Reserve University
    • Psych nurse practitioner

Election results

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


No endorsements were made in this election.

Campaign finance

No contributions or expenditures were reported during the election, according to the Ohio Secretary of State.[6]

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.

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Northwest Local Board of Education elections in 2013:[7]

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 measures on the ballot

The district had a five-year emergency levy that raised about $7 million annually, and it was up for renewal.[8]

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