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Toledo Public Schools elections (2013)

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2013 Toledo Public Schools Elections

General Election date:
November 5, 2013
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
See also
Toledo Public Schools
Lucas County, Ohio ballot measures
Local ballot measures, Ohio
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Three seats on the Toledo School Board were up for election on November 5, 2013. Incumbent Bob Vasquez and candidates Polly Taylor-Gerken and Chris Varwig defeated challengers Darryl Fingers, Aji Green, Tina Henold, Perry Lefevre and Randall Parker III for the three at-large seats.

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.[1]


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%.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2010[2]
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[3]
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.[4] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

Method of board member selection

The Toledo School Board is composed of five members that are elected at-large. There was no primary election on September 10, 2013 and the general election was held on November 5, 2013. Three seats on the board were up for election in 2013 and two seats will be on the ballot on November 3, 2015.

Candidates for the Toledo School Board must be 18 years old, a resident of the district and not hold Public office concurrent to board service.[5]




Eight candidates declared their intentions to run for three at-large seats on the Toledo School Board. Only one incumbent filed for re-election.

Election results

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


The Lucas County Democratic Party endorsed Perry Lefevre, Randall Parker III and Polly Taylor-Gerken. Although incumbent Bob Vasquez was endorsed by the Party in 2009, he was not endorsed for this election, stating they had issues with his decision-making processes while on the board. The teachers' union endorsed Lefevre also, as well as Chris Varwig.[6] The Lucas County Republican Party endorsed Darryl Fingers and Tina Henold.[7]

Campaign finance

Candidates received a total of $45,047.30 during the election, according to the Ohio Secretary of State.[8]

Candidate Contributions
Darryl Fingers -
Aji Green $700.00
Tina Henold -
Perry Lefevre $16,750.00
Randall Parker III $300.00
Polly Taylor-Gerken $9,997.30
Chris Varwig $16,800.00
Bob Vasquez $500.00

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.

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Toledo Board of Education elections in 2013:[9]

Deadline Event
August 7, 2013 Last day to file nominating petitions for local nonpartisan races
October 24, 2013 Filing deadline for pre-election expense reports
November 5, 2013 Election day
November 26, 2013 Certification of election results by county officials
December 13, 2013 Filing deadline for post-election expense reports

Additional elections on the ballot

On November 5, voters also decided in favor of a 6.5 mill renewal levy for TPS which will generate $13.3 million a year for the next five years. The board voted on June 25, 2013 to put the measure on the ballot.[10]

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