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Veronica Sims
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Akron Board of Education, At-large
Term ends
November 2017
Years in position 2
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
AppointedMarch 2013
Term limitsN/A
High schoolGarfield High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of Akron
Master'sUniversity of Akron
ProfessionNon-profit administrator
Office website
Veronica Sims is an at-large member on the Akron Board of Education. She won re-election to the board on November 5, 2013. Sims was first appointed to the board in March 2013 to fill out the term of Ginger Baylor, who left to take a job with Representative Marcia Fudge.[1]


Sims earned a B.S. in Political Science and Criminal Justice and a Master's of Public Administration from the University of Akron. She has been the special projects and government affairs administrator for Akron Summit Community Action Inc. Sims has a daughter currently attending a district school.[1]



See also: Akron Public Schools elections (2013)


Sims won re-election to the board against six other candidates in the November 5, 2013 general election. There were four available seats on the board in 2013.


Akron Public Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLisa Mansfield Incumbent 20.9% 11,621
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBruce D. Alexander Incumbent 18.6% 10,344
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngVeronica Sims Incumbent 15.8% 8,816
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDave Lombardi 13.8% 7,670
     Nonpartisan Janice O. Davis 12.2% 6,814
     Nonpartisan Debbie Maire Walsh 9.8% 5,466
     Nonpartisan Scott Stetson 9% 5,003
Total Votes 55,734
Source: Summit County Board of Elections, "Election Summary Report for General Election in Summit County, Ohio," accessed December 13, 2013


Sims reported $3,703.35 in contributions but no expenditures to the Ohio Secretary of State, which left her campaign with $3,703.35 on hand.[2]


The Akron Beacon Journal endorsed Sims on October 11, 2013.[3]

What was at stake?

Incumbents Bruce D. Alexander, Lisa Mansfield and Veronica Sims sought re-election to the board on November 5, 2013. The race also featured challengers Janice O. Davis, Dave Lombardi, Scott Stetson and Debbie Maire Walsh. Current member and board president Jason Haas did not file for re-election.


Board members in Akron will contend with academic performance issues stemming from recent assessments by the Ohio Department of Education. The district only achieved proficiency in five performance indicators out of 24 according to the 2012-2013 District Report Card. This evaluation also found that proficiency levels were at least 10% behind state averages in reading and mathematics from grades 3 through 8.[4]

About the district

See also: Akron Public Schools, Ohio
Akron Public Schools is located in Summit County, Ohio
Akron is the county seat of Summit County and located in northeastern Ohio. The city's population was 199,110 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[5]


Akron lags behind the rest of Ohio in terms of higher education achievement, median income and poverty rate. The 2010 U.S. Census found that 20% of Akron residents over 25 years old held undergraduate degrees compared to a 24.5% rate for the state of Ohio. Akron had a median income of $34,190 in 2010 compared to $48,071 for Ohio. The poverty rate for Akron was 25.8% in 2010 compared to an 14.8% rate for the rest of the state.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2012[5]
Race Akron (%) Ohio (%)
White 62.2 82.7
Black or African American 31.5 12.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.2 0.2
Asian 2.1 1.7
Two or More Races 3.2 2.1
Hispanic or Latino 2.1 3.1

Presidential Voting Pattern[6]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 50.2 48.2
2008 51.5 47
2004 48.7 50.8
2000 46.3 50.1

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.[7] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

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