Ray Murray

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Ray Murray
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Lakota Board of Education, At-large
Term ends
Years in position 5
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 3, 2009
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sHuron College
Office website
Ray Murray is an at-large member of the Lakota Board of Education. He was re-elected in the November 5, 2013 general election against three other candidates for three available seats. Murray first won election to the board in 2009.


Murray earned a Bachelor's degree in Criminology from Huron College. He worked as a police officer and drug enforcement agent in Chicago prior to retirement. Murray worked with the District Parent Council prior to joining the board. He has three children who have attended district schools.[1]



See also: Lakota Local Schools elections (2013)


Lakota Local Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngTodd Parnell 30.8% 12,882
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRay Murray Incumbent 29% 12,113
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBen Dibble Incumbent 27.8% 11,617
     Nonpartisan DaMonte Cole 12.5% 5,229
Total Votes 41,841
Source: Butler County Elections, "Election Summary Report for General Election in Butler County, Ohio," accessed December 13, 2013


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


Murray first won election to the board on November 3, 2009 by placing third out of five candidates for three available seats.

Lakota Board of Education, At-large, November 3, 2009
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJoan Powell 26% 11,342
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBen Dibble 22.4% 9,758
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRay Murray 18.6% 8,119
     Nonpartisan Jamie Green 17.8% 7,768
     Nonpartisan Douglas Cooper 15.2% 6,608
Total Votes 43,595
Source: Butler County Board of Elections

What was at stake?

Incumbents Murray and Ben Dibble sought their second terms on the board in 2013. They were joined on the ballot by newcomers DaMonte Cole and Todd Parnell in the November 5 general election. Board president Joan Powell did not file for re-election after 16 years of service.[3]

About the district

See also: Lakota Local Schools, Ohio
Lakota Local Schools is located in Butler County, Ohio
Lakota Local Schools in Liberty Township is located in Butler County, which is situated in southwestern Ohio. The county's population was 368,130 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[4]


Butler County outperforms the rest of Ohio in terms of higher education attainment, median income and poverty rate. The 2010 U.S. Census found that 26.5% of Butler County residents over 25 years old held undergraduate degrees compared to a 24.5% rate for the state of Ohio. Butler County had a median income of $55,497 in 2010 compared to $48,071 for Ohio. The poverty rate for Butler County was 12.8% in 2010 compared to an 14.8% rate for the rest of the state.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2012[4]
Race Butler County (%) Ohio (%)
White 87.2 82.7
Black or African American 7.8 12.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 0.2
Asian 2.6 1.7
Two or More Races 2.0 2.1
Hispanic or Latino 4.2 3.1

Presidential Voting Pattern[5]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 36.5 61.7
2008 37.9 60.5
2004 33.7 65.9
2000 33.9 63.3

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]

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