|Board Member, Pickerington Local School District, At-large|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|First elected||November 5, 2013|
|High school||Independence High School|
|Place of birth||Columbus, Ohio|
A native of Columbus, Ohio, Niekamp graduated from Independence High School. She has her Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and Jazz Performance from Capital University. She is presently the Executive Director of the Ohio Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors, a section of the state that regulates the funeral industry in Ohio.
|Pickerington Local School District, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Lori A. Sanders Incumbent||28.5%||2,609|
|Nonpartisan||Cathy Olshefski Incumbent||23.1%||2,116|
|Nonpartisan||Clay Lopez Incumbent||23.1%||2,112|
|Source: Fairfield County Elections, "Election Summary Report for General Election in Fairfield County, Ohio," accessed December 13, 2013|
Niekamp was not endorsed in this campaign.
Niekamp said she would focus her term on the fight to restore traditional art, music, physical education and media technology to the district's K-4 classes, while also centering her attention on the district-sponsored anti-bullying and drug-awareness programming.
What was at stake?
Four candidates vied for three at-large seats on the Pickerington Local School Board on November 5, 2013. All three incumbents filed for re-election.
About the district
- See also: Pickerington Local School District, Ohio
In terms of graduation rate, average household income and poverty rate, Fairfield County overperformed in these areas. The graduation rate was 91.6% compared to 87.8% statewide. The average household income was $58,249 compared to $48,071 in the entire state. The poverty rate was 11.5%, while the poverty rate for Ohio was 14.8%.
|Racial Demographics, 2010|
|Race||Fairfield County (%)||Ohio (%)|
|Hispanic or Latino||1.9||3.3|
|Two or More Races||1.9||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.
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- Vanessa Niekamp for Board of Education, "About Us," accessed October 30, 2013
- Ohio Secretary of State, "Elections & Voting: Campaign Finance," accessed December 23, 2013
- Nate Ellis Pickerington Times-Sun, "Niekamp seeks to restore programs, reduce bullying," published October 6, 2013
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Fairfield County," accessed October 21, 2013
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- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014