Fairfield City School District elections (2013)
Method of election
What was at stake?
Fairfield City School District
About the district
- See also: Fairfield City School District, Ohio
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
|Fairfield City School District, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Thomas Y. Heisler||23.2%||5,617|
|Nonpartisan||Laurence F. Jones III||17.2%||4,179|
|Source: Butler County Elections, "Election Summary Report for General Election in Butler County, Ohio," accessed December 13, 2013|
|Fairfield School Board, At-large, November 8, 2011|
|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.
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.
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.
The following dates were key deadlines for the Fairfield School Board elections in 2013:
|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.
- Fairfield City School District, Ohio
- List of school board elections in 2013
- Butler County, Ohio ballot measures
- Financial policies, education standards at stake in November school board elections
- School board election wrap-up: Incumbents re-elected overwhelmingly in November 5 elections
- School board elections review: Voters opt for experience over new blood in nation's largest school districts
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Fairfield," accessed September 17, 2013
- Butler County Board of Elections, "Archives," accessed September 17, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- Butler County Board of Elections, "November 2013 elections," accessed September 18, 2013
- Ohio Secretary of State, "2013 Candidate Guide," accessed September 18, 2013
- Ohio Secretary of State, "Elections & Voting: Campaign Finance," accessed December 23, 2013
- Cincinnati.com, "3 Fairfield school board members implicated," September 8, 2011
- Journal-News, "Former school board member ordered to anger management," December 16, 2011
- Ohio Secretary of State, "2013 Election Calendar," accessed September 18, 2013
- Journal-News, "Fairfield returns bond issue to ballot, gives raises," December 20, 2013