Worthington Schools elections (2013)

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2013 Worthington 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
Worthington Schools
Franklin County, Ohio ballot measures
Local ballot measures, Ohio
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Three seats on the Worthington School Board were up for election on November 5, 2013. Incumbents Jennifer Best, Marc Schare and newcomer Sam Shim defeated incumbent David Bressman to win the three at-large seats.

About the district

See also: Worthington Schools, Ohio
Worthington Schools is located in Franklin County, Ohio
Worthington Schools in Worthington is located in Franklin County, which is situated in northern Ohio. The county's population was 1,163,414 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[1]


In terms of graduation rate and average household income, Franklin County overperformed in these areas. The graduation rate was 89.3% compared to 87.8% statewide. The average household income was $50,045 compared to $48,071 in the entire state. Franklin County underperformed in terms of poverty rate with 17.4%, while the poverty rate for Ohio was 14.8%.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2010[2]
Race Franklin County (%) Ohio (%)
White 70.7 83.4
Black 21.8 12.5
Hispanic or Latino 5.0 3.3
Asian 4.2 1.8
American Indian 0.3 0.3
Two or More Races 2.9 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 100.0%. Each column will add up to 100.0% after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.[3]

Method of board member selection

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




  • Jennifer Best
    • Incumbent
    • Attorney
  • David Bressman
    • Incumbent and Board President
    • Graduate, University of Dayton, Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
  • Marc Schare
    • Incumbent
    • College of Staten Island, Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Sam Shim
    • Auditor and Consultant
    • Ohio State University graduate

Election results

Worthington Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJennifer Best Incumbent 28.3% 5,754
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMarc Schare Incumbent 24.2% 4,913
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSam Shim 24.1% 4,910
     Nonpartisan David Bressman Incumbent 23.4% 4,761
Total Votes 20,338
Source: Franklin County Board of Elections, "Election Summary Report for General Election in Franklin County, Ohio," accessed December 16, 2013


Jennifer Best and Marc Schare announced to the Worthington Education Association that they would not seek or accept endorsements from local teachers unions, believing it to be a conflict of interest.[5]

Shim was endorsed by the Worthington Education Association and the Franklin County Democratic Party.[6][7]

Bressman was endorsed by the Worthington Education Association, the Columbus Post and the Worthington Alliance for African-American Parents and Educators. He was also endorsed by current and former NFL Players Jay Richardson, Dimitrious Stanley and Antonio Smith.[8]

Campaign finance

Sam Shim received a total of $750 during the election, according to the Ohio Secretary of State. Neither Jennifer Best, David Bressman nor Marc Schare filed financial reports for their respective campaigns.[9]

What was at stake?

Four candidates vied for three at-large seats on the Worthington School Board on November 5, 2013. Two of the three incumbents won re-election, while David Bressman was replaced by newcomer Sam Shim.

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Worthington Board of Education elections in 2013:[10]

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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