Sam Shim

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Sam Shim
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Board Member, Worthington Schools, At-large
Term ends
December 2017
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sOhio State University
Master'sOhio State University
ProfessionAuditor, Consultant
Campaign website
Sam Shim is an at-large seat holder on the Worthington School Board. He first won election in the general election on November 5, 2013.


Shim attended college at The Ohio State University where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Computer and Information Science and a Master of Business Administration. He has worked for a number of major companies during his career including Anheuser-Busch, CompuServe, Ernst & Young, LCI International, Lucent Technologies and Owens Corning. Shim's career includes roles as a Manager, Auditor, Consultant and Systems Analyst.

He serves on two Worthington City School District committees: the Treasurer’s Advisory Committee and the Technology Committee. In addition, Shim has previously served as treasurer of the Evening Street Elementary PTA, and is on the board of his local civic association. [1]



See also: Worthington Schools elections (2013)


Worthington Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJennifer Best Incumbent 28.3% 5,754
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMarc Schare Incumbent 24.2% 4,913
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSam Shim 24.1% 4,910
     Nonpartisan David Bressman Incumbent 23.4% 4,761
Total Votes 20,338
Source: Franklin County Board of Elections, "Election Summary Report for General Election in Franklin County, Ohio," accessed December 16, 2013


Shim was endorsed by the Worthington Education Association (WEA)[2] and the Franklin County Democratic Party.[3]


Shim reported $750 in contributions but no expenditures to the Ohio Secretary of State, which left his campaign with $750 on hand.[4]

Campaign themes

Shim's campaign website listed the following themes:[5]

CHILDREN are our society’s most precious resource. They give us purpose; they give us meaning. They are the future of our country.

Together, our community will provide the necessary resources for a teaching environment that inspires ALL CHILDREN to learn, to pursue their interests, and to follow their dreams. We will inspire children to have a passion for learning. All students will be included.

We will foster a family environment where ALL PARENTS are inspired to do everything possible to ensure their children’s success. Children spend the majority of time at home. Partnering with parents is key to educational success.

We will promote a community environment where EVERYONE believes in the success of all children. Community support and volunteerism is critical.

We will leverage TECHNOLOGY to enhance the educational environment. Every child is an individual, and to ensure he/she maximizes their potential, learning must be customized for their individual strengths and talents.

We will also use technology for NEW FORMS OF LEARNING such as webinars, tablet-based learning, and online classes to offer alternative learning pathways, additional choices, and to lower cost.

We will support professional development of the entire educational staff. We will ensure that we have HIGHLY TALENTED and KNOWLEDGEABLE teachers who continue to stay current.

We will find solutions to OVERCROWDED classrooms. Studies have shown that large class sizes negatively affect student learning.

We will maintain TOP RATINGS on state report cards. We will continue to be a highly regarded and desirable school district.

We will prepare EVERY student for success in their lives.

We will follow a path of fiscal responsibility. We will spend responsibly, INVESTING more in key areas, and SAVING in other areas. As an Auditor with a background in Finance, I will not accept anything less.

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

What was at stake?

Four candidates vied for three at-large seats on the Worthington School Board on November 5, 2013. Two of the three incumbents won re-election, while David Bressman was replaced by newcomer Sam Shim.

About the district

See also: Worthington Schools, Ohio
Worthington Schools is located in Franklin County, Ohio
Worthington Schools in Worthington is located in Franklin County, which is situated in northern Ohio. The county's population was 1,163,414 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[6]


In terms of graduation rate and average household income, Franklin County overperformed in these areas. The graduation rate was 89.3% compared to 87.8% statewide. The average household income was $50,045 compared to $48,071 in the entire state. Franklin County underperformed in terms of poverty rate with 17.4%, while the poverty rate for Ohio was 14.8%.[7]

Racial Demographics, 2010[7]
Race Franklin County (%) Ohio (%)
White 70.7 83.4
Black 21.8 12.5
Hispanic or Latino 5.0 3.3
Asian 4.2 1.8
American Indian 0.3 0.3
Two or More Races 2.9 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.[8]

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