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Randall Parker III
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Former candidate for
Board Member, Toledo Public Schools, At-large
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
ProfessionSenior pastor
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Randall Parker III was a candidate for the Toledo School Board. He lost election to the board on November 5, 2013 against six fellow challengers and one incumbent.


Parker, a lifelong resident of Toledo, is the founder and senior pastor of Manifested Word Church. He is married and has three children in TPS.[1]



See also: Toledo Public Schools elections (2013)


Toledo Public Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBob Vasquez Incumbent 19.3% 16,715
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngPolly Taylor-Gerken 18.5% 15,947
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngChris Varwig 15.6% 13,505
     Nonpartisan Perry Lefevre 13.4% 11,589
     Nonpartisan Randall Parker III 10.8% 9,333
     Nonpartisan Aji Green 9.8% 8,423
     Nonpartisan Tina Henold 9.3% 8,023
     Nonpartisan Darryl Fingers 3.3% 2,852
Total Votes 86,387
Source: Lucas County of Ohio, "Election Summary Report for General Election in Lucas County, Ohio," accessed December 13, 2013


Parker was endorsed by the Lucas County Democratic Party, Local 500, The Communication Workers of America and the Toledo Blade.[1]


Parker reported $300 in contributions but no expenditures to the Ohio Secretary of State, which left his campaign with $300 on hand.[2]

Campaign themes

In an October 2013 interview with the Toledo Free Press, Parker stated the following when asked about his campaign priorities:[1]

What are the three most crucial issues — in order of importance — facing TPS? What would you do as a board member to address the issues you identify?

  • Community Relationship- we must develop stronger relationships with those in the community who are stakeholders who help in the investment of our children.
  • Transportation- I would like to develop an initiative so that all children will have the option to have transportation to school. Due to the higher crime rates in our city, I want to study a safer way for our students to travel to school.
  • Teachers- I would like us to recognize the importance of good educators & focus our efforts on retaining & attracting the best educators for our school district.

TPS currently has a renewal levy on the ballot that will raise approximately $16 million annually for five years, or about the annual savings that can be obtained by implementing the performance audit recommendations. Why should the TPS renewal levy be approved by voters?
We must understand that with the renewal of this levy it is not a new tax it is actually already in the monthly budget of the tax payer. In order to continue on the path of transformation, we need to make sure this levy is in place.

Ohio statutes require that TPS teachers and principals have regular performance evaluations with student performance on standardized tests a component of the evaluation. Should teachers and principals be held directly accountable for student performance in their individual performance evaluations? Why or why not?
I am a firm believer of accountability. We have the teachers and principals in place with the goal of helping our children become successful. If there is an inconsistency of the students performance, we must look at all areas that are connected and evaluate why that is an issue.

Ohio is currently implementing national standards regarding the skills and knowledge all students need for success, referred to as the “Common Core.” Why do you support or oppose the adoption of these standards?
I support these standards due to the fact I believe The Common Core State Standards focus on teaching principles and understanding in the early grades, allowing teachers to take the time needed to teach core concepts well — and giving our students the opportunity to develop them.

What was at stake?

Three at-large seats were up for election on November 5, 2013. Only one of the three incumbents filed for re-election. Voters also decided in favor of a $6.5 million levy for the district.

About the district

See also: Toledo Public Schools, Ohio
Toledo Public Schools is located in Lucas County, Ohio
Toledo Public Schools is located in Lucas County, which is situated in northern Ohio. The county's population was 441,815 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[3]


In terms of graduation rate, average household income and poverty rate, Lucas County underperformed in these areas. The graduation rate was 87.3% compared to 87.8% statewide. The average household income was $41,949 compared to $48,071 in the entire state. The poverty rate was 19.5%, while the poverty rate for Ohio was 14.8%.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2010[4]
Race Lucas County (%) Ohio (%)
White 75.7 83.4
Black 19.5 12.5
Hispanic or Latino 6.4 3.3
Asian 1.6 1.8
American Indian 0.4 0.3
Two or More Races 2.7 2.0

Presidential Voting Pattern[5]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 64.9 33.2
2008 64.8 33.4
2004 63.6 35.9
2000 62.8 33.1

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

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