Thomas Y. Heisler

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Thomas Y. Heisler
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Fairfield School Board, At-large
Term ends
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sRochester Institute of Technology
ProfessionIT consultant
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Thomas Y. Heisler is an at-large member on the Fairfield School Board. He was first elected in the November 5, 2013 general election where he ran against three other candidates for three available seats.


Heisler earned a Bachelor's degree in Accounting from Rochester Institute of Technology in 1980. He is a licensed CPA and a self-employed IT consultant who works with businesses to implement financial software. Heisler and his wife, Paula, have two children.[1]



See also: Fairfield City School District elections (2013)


Fairfield City School District, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Berding 33.1% 8,030
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDan Hare 26.5% 6,425
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngThomas Y. Heisler 23.2% 5,617
     Nonpartisan Laurence F. Jones III 17.2% 4,179
Total Votes 24,251
Source: Butler County Elections, "Election Summary Report for General Election in Butler County, Ohio," accessed December 13, 2013


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

Campaign themes


Heisler's campaign website explained themes for 2013:[3]

"Robust standards and curricula which are locally maintained, combined with parental involvement, is the best way to ensure our schools are effectively serving our community. A strong local school board is responsible to ensure community receives an excellent return on its investment."

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

What was at stake?

Incumbents Mark Morris, Dan Murray and Don Nuss did not file for re-election in 2013. The race for three board seats featured newcomers Heisler, Michael Berding, Dan Hare and Laurence F. Jones III.


Election fraud

The board was clouded in controversy in 2011 when Butler County Prosecutor Michael Gmoser investigated allegations of election fraud against three board members. Gmoser ultimately found that local businessman Tom Burer used a political action committee (PAC) called Moms on a Mission to funnel money to Sharon Ko, Mark Morris and Dan Murray in order to support his business interests. Burer held a $1.5 million contract with the district to provide maintenance services for school buses. Ko resigned rather than face prosecution by county officials while Gmoser did not have enough proof against Morris and Murray to pursue similar arrangements. Burer plead guilty to attempted tampering with campaign finance reports[4].

About the district

See also: Fairfield City School District, Ohio
Fairfield City Schools is located in Butler County, Ohio
Fairfield is a city located in Butler County in southwestern Ohio. The city's population was 42,510 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[5]


Fairfield outperforms the rest of Ohio in terms of higher education attainment, median income and poverty rate. The 2010 U.S. Census found that 24.6% of Fairfield residents over 25 years old held undergraduate degrees compared to a 24.5% rate for the state of Ohio. Fairfield had a median income of $54,581 in 2010 compared to $48,071 for Ohio. The poverty rate for Fairfield was 8.7% in 2010 compared to an 14.8% rate for the rest of the state.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2012[5]
Race Fairfield (%) Ohio (%)
White 79 82.7
Black or African American 12.8 12.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 0.2
Asian 2.4 1.7
Two or More Races 2.4 2.1
Hispanic or Latino 5.5 3.1

Presidential Voting Pattern[6]
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.[7]

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