Pickerington Local School District elections (2013)

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2013 Pickerington 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
Pickerington Local School District
Fairfield County, Ohio ballot measures
Local ballot measures, Ohio
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Three seats on the Pickerington Local School District Board were up for election on November 5, 2013. Incumbents Cathy Olshefski, Lori A. Sanders and challenger Vanessa Niekamp defeated incumbent Clay Lopez for the three at-large seats.

About the district

See also: Pickerington Local School District, Ohio
Pickerington Local School District is located in Fairfield County, Ohio
Pickerington Local School District in Pickerington is located in Fairfield County, which is situated in central Ohio. The county's population was 146,156 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[1]


In terms of graduation rate, average household income and poverty rate, Fairfield County overperformed in these areas. The graduation rate was 91.6% compared to 87.8% statewide. The average household income was $58,249 compared to $48,071 in the entire state. The poverty rate was 11.5%, while the poverty rate for Ohio was 14.8%.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2010[2]
Race Fairfield County (%) Ohio (%)
White 90.2 83.4
Black 6.5 12.5
Hispanic or Latino 1.9 3.3
Asian 1.2 1.8
American Indian 0.2 0.3
Two or More Races 1.9 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.[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 Pickerington Local School Board is composed of five members who 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 Pickerington Local School Board must be 18 years old, a resident of the district and not hold city office concurrent to board service.[4]




Four candidates declared their intentions to run for three at-large seats on the Pickerington Local School Board.

  • Clay Lopez
    • Incumbent and Board Vice President
    • Attorney
  • Vanessa Niekamp
    • Graduate, Capital University
    • Executive Director of the Ohio Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors
  • Cathy Olshefski
    • Incumbent and Board President
    • Graduate, Indiana University
  • Lori A. Sanders
    • Incumbent
    • Graduate, Ohio State University
    • Occupational therapist

Election results

Pickerington Local School District, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLori A. Sanders Incumbent 28.5% 2,609
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngVanessa Niekamp 25.3% 2,317
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngCathy Olshefski Incumbent 23.1% 2,116
     Nonpartisan Clay Lopez Incumbent 23.1% 2,112
Total Votes 9,154
Source: Fairfield County Elections, "Election Summary Report for General Election in Fairfield County, Ohio," accessed December 13, 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.[5]

What was at stake?

Four candidates vied for three at-large seats on the Pickerington Local School Board on November 5, 2013. All three incumbents filed for re-election.

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Pickerington Board of Education elections in 2013:[6]

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 elections on the ballot

This election shared the ballot with various other local positions, including mayoral, city council and school board elections.

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