Rick A. Vilardo

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Rick A. Vilardo
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Board Member, Westerville City School District, At-large
Term ends
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Cincinnati
Master'sEmory University, Franklin University
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Rick A. Vilardo is an at-large member on the Westerville City School Board. He first won election to the board on November 5, 2013 against six fellow challengers and one incumbent.


A Cincinnati native, Vilardo graduated from Withrow High School in the Cincinnati Public School system. Post high school, he attended the University of Cincinnati, earning a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, as well as a Master's of Divinity from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology. In addition to these degrees, he holds a Master's in Business Administration from Franklin University and is a graduate of Leadership Columbus and Leadership Westerville. Currently, Vilardo is the pastor of NewSong Community Church in Westerville. He is married to Cynthia, and the couple have two children in the district.[1]



See also: Westerville City School District elections (2013)


Eight candidates declared their intentions to run for three at-large seats on the Westerville City School Board. Three of the candidates — Jim Burgess, Luke Davis and John Sodt — announced that they would run for the Westerville Board of Education as a unit, saying electing them as a team would prove effective for change in the district.[2]


Westerville City School District, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngNancy Nestor‐Baker 17.8% 5,086
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngTracy A. Davidson 17.2% 4,900
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRick A. Vilardo 15.1% 4,316
     Nonpartisan Jim Burgess 13.4% 3,819
     Nonpartisan Luke Davis 11.4% 3,238
     Nonpartisan John Sodt 11.2% 3,192
     Nonpartisan Kevin Hoffman Incumbent 9.3% 2,659
     Nonpartisan Robert Edwards 4.5% 1,296
Total Votes 28,506
Source: Franklin County Board of Elections, "Election Summary Report for General Election in Franklin County, Ohio," accessed December 13, 2013


Vilardo was endorsed by the Franklin County Democratic Party.[3]


Vilardo reported no contributions or expenditures to the Ohio Secretary of State.[4]

Campaign themes

Vilardo stated the following on his website as his priorities for WCSD:[5]

  • Create a culture and environment where EVERY CHILD is given the opportunity, in a safe and nurturing community, to maximize their potential and development as a life long learner. I will pursue every action, choice and decision through the lens of enhancing, developing and strengthening the level of excellence in education for the children of our district and their families.
  • NURTURE AND SUPPORT our teachers, staff and administrators with the tools and professional development necessary to enhance each child's untapped potential and innate curiosity to learn. Support and encourage our teachers, administration and staff personnel with the tools and assistance they need to serve our children and community with continued passion and excellence.
  • Build bridges for DIRECT COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT within our schools, seeking to engage all community constituencies (e.g. local residents, Otterbein University, government agencies, local businesses, WARM, etc), to utilize their unique skills and create a sense of "ownership" of, and investment within, our WCSD. That is, leverage the community’s skills, talents, creativity and passions for positively impacting our kids and community. Continually strive to build bridges of communication and connection between the larger Westerville community and the schools to positively impact our children's educational experience.
  • Seek to UNDERSTAND AND INFLUENCE THE LARGER LEGISLATIVE PROCESS as it impacts our local Westerville City School District. To become more aware of state and national issues which can positively or negatively impact our schools, and strive to be a positive agent of change.

Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.

What was at stake?

Eight candidates vied for three at-large seats on the Westerville City School Board on November 5, 2013. Only one incumbent filed for re-election.

About the district

See also: Westerville City School District, Ohio
Westerville City School District is located in Westerville, Ohio
Westerville City School District is located in the city of Westerville, which is situated in central Ohio. The city's population was 36,120 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[6]


In terms of graduation rate, average household income and poverty rate, Westerville overperformed in these areas by a fairly wide margin. The graduation rate was 96.5% compared to 87.8% statewide. The average household income was $83,234 compared to $48,071 in the entire state. The poverty rate with 6.3%, while the poverty rate for Ohio was 14.8%.[7]

Racial Demographics, 2010[7]
Race Westerville City (%) Ohio (%)
White 88.6 83.4
Black 6.4 12.5
Asian 2.3 1.8
Hispanic or Latino 1.9 3.3
American Indian 0.2 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.[8]

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