Bruce Gehring

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Bruce Gehring
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Former candidate for
Board Member, Northwest Local School District, At-large
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Cincinnati
Master'sXavier University
Military service
Service/branchAir Force
ProfessionFormer VP of Children's Hospital
Bruce Gehring was a candidate for an at-large seat on the Northwest Local School Board. He lost election on November 5, 2013 against three fellow challengers and three incumbents.


Gehring has his Bachelor's degree from The University of Cincinnati, his Master's from Xavier University and certificates from George Washington University, Yale and UCLA. Gehring is the former vice president of Children’s Hospital and is the former CEO of Ohio Shared Information Services. Gehring was previously on the board, from 2006 to 2009, serving as president of the board in 2007.[1]



See also: Northwest Local School District elections (2013)


Gehring faced three incumbents and three challengers in the general election on November 5, 2013.


Northwest Local School District, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngPamela L. Detzel Incumbent 19.4% 4,995
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Harlow 17% 4,388
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngChristopher J. Heather 15.9% 4,107
     Nonpartisan David Denny Incumbent 15.4% 3,960
     Nonpartisan Bruce Gehring 14.5% 3,727
     Nonpartisan Elaine Gauck Incumbent 10.6% 2,737
     Nonpartisan Dexter Harold Carpenter 7.3% 1,873
Total Votes 25,787
Source: Hamilton County of Ohio, "Election Summary Report for General Election in Hamilton County, Ohio," accessed December 16, 2013


Gehring was not endorsed in this campaign.


Gehring reported no contributions or expenditures to the Ohio Secretary of State.[2]

Campaign themes

In a 2013 interview with the Courier Post, Gehring stated the following when asked about his campaign priorities:[1]

How can the district meet its budget challenges?
Gehring says the challenges can be met with open and honest interaction of the community. “The answer is not more tax income, it involves working within our resources, reducing expenses, and streamlining operational procedures,” he said.

The district has a five-year emergency levy that raises about $7 million annually. If elected, will you support its renewal?
He says the board must consider the needs of the district and the needs of the community and he says the community’s hurting. He said he would like to see the levy not be renewed. He cannot commit to that, but he would look to reduce or eliminate it.

What do you think are the biggest challenges facing the district in the next four years?
Challenges include the budget, middle school academic performance and lack of diversity on the board. He says the budget needs review and the district needs to get realistic with it can afford. He says middle school academic performance must improve and the district should strengthen the curriculum where necessary to improve performance.

What was at stake?

Three seats were up for election on the Northwest Local School Board on November 5, 2013. All three incumbents filed for re-election.

About the district

Northwest Local School District is located in Hamilton County, Ohio
Northwest Local School District is located in Hamilton County, which is situated in southwestern Ohio. The county's population was 146,156 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[3]


In terms of graduation rate and average household income, Hamilton County overperformed in these areas. The graduation rate was 87.9% compared to 87.8% statewide. The average household income was $49,218 compared to $48,071 in the entire state. In terms of the poverty rate, Hamilton County underperformed with 15.9%, while the poverty rate for Ohio was 14.8%.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2010[4]
Race Hamilton County (%) Ohio (%)
White 69.5 83.4
Black 25.9 12.5
Hispanic or Latino 2.7 3.3
Asian 2.2 1.8
American Indian 0.3 0.3
Two or More Races 2.1 2.0

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