Akron Public Schools elections (2013)

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2013 Akron Public 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
Akron Public Schools
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Four seats were up for election on the Akron Board of Education on November 5, 2013. Incumbents Bruce D. Alexander, Lisa Mansfield, Veronica Sims and challenger Dave Lombardi defeated Janice O. Davis, Debbie Maire Walsh and Scott Stetson to win the four at-large seats.

An ongoing issue for the Akron Board of Education was poor academic performance according to the Ohio Achievement Assessments.

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.[1]


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.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2012[1]
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[2]
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 rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[3][4]

Method of board member selection

The Akron Board of Education consists of seven 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. Four seats on the board were up for election in 2013 and three seats will be on the ballot on November 3, 2015.[5]

Candidates for the Akron Board of Education must be 18 years old, a resident of the district and not hold city office concurrent to board service. The Summit County Board of Elections required a $30 filing fee as well as at least 25 signatures by the filing deadline on August 7, 2013.[5]




  • Bruce D. Alexander
    • Incumbent
    • Graduate, Youngstown State University
    • Superintendent, Summit County Juvenile Court
  • Dave Lombardi
    • Graduate, Miami University and University of Akron
    • Attorney
  • Lisa Mansfield
    • Incumbent
    • Graduate, University of Akron
    • Patron Services Manager, Weathervane Playhouse
  • Veronica Sims
    • Incumbent
    • Graduate, University of Akron
    • Administrator, Akron Summit Community Action
  • Scott Stetson
    • Graduate, Youngstown State University and University of Akron
    • Principal, Lobbyist Compliance Services, Inc.

Election results

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

Campaign finance

Candidates received a total of $4,559.35 in contributions for this campaign, according to the Ohio Secretary of State. Veronica Sims and Lisa Mansfield were the only candidates to file reports, receiving $3,703.35 and $856, respectively.[6]


The Akron Beacon Journal endorsed Bruce D. Alexander, Dave Lombardi, Lisa Mansfield and Veronica Sims on October 11, 2013.[7]

Past elections


Akron Board of Education, At-large, November 8, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngCurtis T. Walker Incumbent 46.8% 22,538
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngTim Miller 41.5% 19,967
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngWrite-in votes 11.7% 5,641
Total Votes 48,146
Source: Summit County Board of Elections

Note: Patrick Bravo won as a write-in candidate, earning 2,226 votes to defeat four other candidates.[8]

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.[9]

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Akron Board of Education elections in 2013:[5]

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 Akron Board of Education elections shared the ballot with other local and county elections on November 5, 2013. Voters in Akron selected three members of the City Council and two members of the Akron Municipal Court. The ballot also featured an election for three seats on the Summit County Educational Services Center board.[5] Voters also decided on six local measures dealing with alcohol sales at specific businesses in Akron as well as three county measures related to tax levies to support parks, mental health services and the Akron Zoo.[10]

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