Pamela L. Detzel

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Pamela L. Detzel
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Board Vice President, Northwest Local School District, At-large
Term ends
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
High schoolNorthwest High School
ProfessionBusiness owner
Pamela L. Detzel is a current at-large seat holder on the Northwest Local School Board, where she is also Board Vice President. She won re-election on November 5, 2013 against four challengers and two fellow incumbents.


Detzel and her husband graduated from Northwest High School and have three daughters who graduated from Colerain High School. She is the co-owner of an insurance agency. She also worked in the PTA, holding a number of offices including president of the PTA for two years.[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


Detzel was not endorsed in this campaign.


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


Northwest Local School District, At-large, 4-year term, 2009
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngPamela L. Detzel 27.6% 11,719
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Denny 21.8% 9,240
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngElaine Gauck 21.5% 9,099
     Nonpartisan Fred Hunt 19.4% 8,214
     Nonpartisan Dexter Harold Carpenter 9.8% 4,140
Total Votes 42,412
Source: Board Member; Northwest Local School District Voter Information, "Candidates," accessed October 30, 2013

Campaign themes

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

How can the district meet its budget challenges?
Detzel said the district has cut more than $16 million since 2007. “The cuts have been very difficult but we must continue to search for ways to stretch our dollars as much as possible,” she said. “I am very proud of what we have accomplished so far with self-funding our workers compensation and joining a consortium to address the rising cost of health care, just to name a few.”

The district has a five-year emergency levy that raises about $7 million annually. If elected, will you support its renewal?
Yes, if it’s needed. She said closing buildings sounds good, and the district has closed or repurposed two, but the district needs all its current space. “I agree that money doesn’t guarantee success. We cut $16 million and the class of 2012 received $8.2 million in scholarships. That doesn’t happen by accident.”

What do you think are the biggest challenges facing the district in the next four years?
She said the district is going to have to begin talking about its aging buildings, and decide at what point does the board quit spending money on repairs and move forward with trying to replace them. She says the district has made strides in communication with residents but there are still improvements to be made.

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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