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Fairfield City School District elections (2013)

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2013 Fairfield 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
Fairfield City School District
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Three seats were up for election on the Fairfield City School Board. Michael Berding, Dan Hare and Thomas Y. Heisler defeated Laurence F. Jones III to win the three at-large seats.

About the district

See also: Fairfield City School District, Ohio
Fairfield City Schools is located in Butler County, Ohio
Fairfield is a city located in Butler County in southwestern Ohio. The city's population was 42,510 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[1]


Fairfield outperforms the rest of Ohio in terms of higher education attainment, median income and poverty rate. The 2010 U.S. Census found that 24.6% of Fairfield residents over 25 years old held undergraduate degrees compared to a 24.5% rate for the state of Ohio. Fairfield had a median income of $54,581 in 2010 compared to $48,071 for Ohio. The poverty rate for Fairfield was 8.7% in 2010 compared to an 14.8% rate for the rest of the state.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2012[1]
Race Fairfield (%) Ohio (%)
White 79 82.7
Black or African American 12.8 12.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 0.2
Asian 2.4 1.7
Two or More Races 2.4 2.1
Hispanic or Latino 5.5 3.1

Presidential Voting Pattern[2]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 36.5 61.7
2008 37.9 60.5
2004 33.7 65.9
2000 33.9 63.3

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

Method of board member selection

The Fairfield School Board consists of five members who are elected at-large to four-year terms. 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.[4]

Candidates for the Fairfield School Board must be at least 18 years old, a resident of the district and not hold city office concurrent to board service. The Butler County Board of Elections required a $30 filing fee as well as at least 75 signatures by the filing deadline on August 7, 2013.[5]




  • Michael Berding
    • Owner, Midwest Prescription Packaging
  • Dan Hare
    • Graduate, University of Cincinnati and Xavier University
    • Educational consultant
  • Thomas Y. Heisler
    • Graduate, Rochester Institute of Technology
    • IT consultant
  • Laurence F. Jones III
    • Graduate, University of Cincinnati
    • Tax consultant, Brixey & Meyer, Inc.

Election results

Fairfield City School District, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Berding 33.1% 8,030
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDan Hare 26.5% 6,425
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngThomas Y. Heisler 23.2% 5,617
     Nonpartisan Laurence F. Jones III 17.2% 4,179
Total Votes 24,251
Source: Butler County Elections, "Election Summary Report for General Election in Butler County, Ohio," accessed December 13, 2013

Campaign finance

No contributions or expenditures were reported during the election, according to the Ohio Secretary of State.[6]

Past elections


Fairfield School Board, At-large, November 8, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJerome Kearns 38.3% 11,569
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBalena Shorter 32.9% 9,916
     Nonpartisan Arnold Engel 28.8% 8,687
Total Votes 30,172
Source: Butler County Board of Elections

What was at stake?

Incumbents Mark Morris, Dan Murray and Don Nuss did not file for re-election in 2013. The race for three board seats featured newcomers Michael Berding, Dan Hare, Thomas Y. Heisler and Laurence F. Jones III.


Election fraud

The board was clouded in controversy in 2011 when Butler County Prosecutor Michael Gmoser investigated allegations of election fraud against three board members. Gmoser ultimately found that local businessman Tom Burer used a political action committee (PAC) called Moms on a Mission to funnel money to Sharon Ko, Mark Morris and Dan Murray in order to support his business interests. Burer held a $1.5 million contract with the district to provide maintenance services for school buses. Ko resigned rather than face prosecution by county officials while Gmoser did not have enough proof against Morris and Murray to pursue similar arrangements. Burer plead guilty to attempted tampering with campaign finance reports[7].

Criminal Activity

In October, Arnold Engel was charged with criminal mischief following an incident that occured at his home. Area resident David Kozak, saying he was tired of Engel's campaign literature "littering" the street, gathered up several pamphlets and threw them onto Engel's driveway. The candidate ran at Kozak's car waving a power drill and kicked the vehicle. In December, Engel was convicted of criminal mischief and ordered to complete an anger management course.[8]

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Fairfield School Board elections in 2013:[9]

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

Additional elections on the ballot

The Fairfield School Board shared the ballot with other local and county elections. Residents of Fairfield voted for mayor, municipal judge and three seats on the Fairfield City Council. The ballot also featured three seats on the Butler County Educational Service Center. Fairfield voters also voted against Issue 8, which would have raised the millage rate by 2.62 as part of a bond issue for the district. The bond issue will be back on the ballot in May 2014, and now has a millage of 2.6.[4][10]

See also

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