Westerville City School District elections (2013)

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2013 Westerville City School District 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
Westerville City School District
Franklin County, Ohio ballot measures
Local ballot measures, Ohio
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Three seats on the Westerville City School District Board were up for election on November 5, 2013. Nancy Nestor‐Baker, Tracy A. Davidson and Rick A. Vilardo defeated challengers Jim Burgess, Luke Davis, Robert Edwards and John Sodt, as well as incumbent Kevin Hoffman for the three at-large seats.

About the district

See also: Westerville City School District, Ohio
Westerville City School District is located in Westerville, Ohio
Westerville City School District is located in the city of Westerville, which is situated in central Ohio. The city's population was 36,120 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[1]


In terms of graduation rate, average household income and poverty rate, Westerville overperformed in these areas by a fairly wide margin. The graduation rate was 96.5% compared to 87.8% statewide. The average household income was $83,234 compared to $48,071 in the entire state. The poverty rate with 6.3%, while the poverty rate for Ohio was 14.8%.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2010[2]
Race Westerville City (%) Ohio (%)
White 88.6 83.4
Black 6.4 12.5
Asian 2.3 1.8
Hispanic or Latino 1.9 3.3
American Indian 0.2 0.3
Two or More Races 2.1 2.0

Note: Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" percentage, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off. Read more about race and ethnicity in the Census here.[3]

Method of board member selection

The Westerville City 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 Westerville School Board must be 18 years old, a resident of the district and not hold city office concurrent to board service.[4]




Eight candidates declared their intentions to run for three at-large seats on the Westerville City School Board. Three of the candidates — Jim Burgess, Luke Davis and John Sodt — announced that they were running for the Westerville Board of Education as a unit, saying electing them as a team would prove effective for change in the district.[5]

  • Nancy Nestor‐Baker
    • Long-time WCSD Board Member
    • Graduate, Ohio State University
    • Senior assistant vice president
  • Jim Burgess
    • Graduate, Washington State Community, Columbus State Community
    • Business manager
  • Tracy A. Davidson
    • Graduate, Ohio State University
    • Private tutor
  • Luke Davis
    • Graduate, Ohio Dominican University
    • Project manager

  • Robert Edwards
    • Graduate, Clark State Community College, Franklin University
    • Information technology professional
  • Kevin Hoffman
    • Graduate, Notre Dame, University of Cincinnati
    • General Manager of Technology Architecture at BMW Financial Services
    • Incumbent
  • John Sodt
    • Graduate, Capital University, University of Arkansas
    • Retired Information Technology Consultant
  • Rick A. Vilardo
    • Graduate, University of Cincinnati, Emory University, Franklin University
    • Pastor

Election results

Westerville City School District, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngNancy Nestor‐Baker 17.8% 5,086
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngTracy A. Davidson 17.2% 4,900
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRick A. Vilardo 15.1% 4,316
     Nonpartisan Jim Burgess 13.4% 3,819
     Nonpartisan Luke Davis 11.4% 3,238
     Nonpartisan John Sodt 11.2% 3,192
     Nonpartisan Kevin Hoffman Incumbent 9.3% 2,659
     Nonpartisan Robert Edwards 4.5% 1,296
Total Votes 28,506
Source: Franklin County Board of Elections, "Election Summary Report for General Election in Franklin County, Ohio," accessed December 13, 2013


Tracy A. Davidson, Nancy Nestor-Baker and Rick A. Villardo were endorsed by the Franklin County Democratic Party.[6]

Campaign finance

Nancy Nestor‐Baker received $500 in campaign contributions, according to the Ohio Secretary of State. She was the only candidate to file finance reports.[7]

What was at stake?

Eight candidates vied for three at-large seats on the Westerville City School Board on November 5, 2013. Only one incumbent filed for re-election.

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Westerville Board of Education elections in 2013:[8]

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

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