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Vanessa Niekamp

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Vanessa Niekamp
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Board Member, Pickerington Local School District, At-large
Term ends
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
High schoolIndependence High School
Bachelor'sCapital University
Place of birthColumbus, Ohio
ProfessionExecutive Director
Campaign website
Vanessa Niekamp is an at-large member on the Pickerington Local School Board. She won election on November 5, 2013 against three incumbents.


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.[1]



See also: Pickerington Local School District elections (2013)


Niekamp faced three incumbents: Clay Lopez, Cathy Olshefski and Lori A. Sanders.


Pickerington Local School District, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLori A. Sanders Incumbent 28.5% 2,609
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngVanessa Niekamp 25.3% 2,317
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngCathy Olshefski Incumbent 23.1% 2,116
     Nonpartisan Clay Lopez Incumbent 23.1% 2,112
Total Votes 9,154
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 reported no contributions or expenditures to the Ohio Secretary of State.[2]

Campaign themes

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.[3]

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
Pickerington Local School District is located in Fairfield County, Ohio
Pickerington Local School District in Pickerington is located in Fairfield County, which is situated in central Ohio. The county's population was 146,156 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[4]


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%.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2010[5]
Race Fairfield County (%) Ohio (%)
White 90.2 83.4
Black 6.5 12.5
Hispanic or Latino 1.9 3.3
Asian 1.2 1.8
American Indian 0.2 0.3
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, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[6] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

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