Martha Good

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Martha Good
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Former candidate for
Cincinnati Board of Education, At-large
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sSkidmore College
J.D.University of Cincinnati
Ph.D.Brown University
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Martha Good was a candidate for an at-large seat on the Cincinnati Schools Board of Education. She was defeated during the November 5, 2013 general election.


Good earned a B.A. in Government from Skidmore College in 1967 and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Brown University in 1975. She later earned a J.D. from the University of Cincinnati in 1985. Good is currently an Adjunct Professor Law at the University of Cincinnati. She is also a staff attorney with the Legal Aid Society of Southwest Ohio. Good is the mother of three children who graduated from district schools.[1][2]



See also Cincinnati Public Schools elections (2013)

Good sought election to the board against eight other candidates on November 5, 2013.


Cincinnati Board of Education, At-large, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMelanie Bates Incumbent 18.1% 27,469
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngEricka Copeland-Dansby 14.8% 22,455
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngElisa Hoffman 13.8% 20,861
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDaniel Minera 10.9% 16,537
     Nonpartisan Marcia A. Futel 10.1% 15,368
     Nonpartisan Betsy Shank 9.7% 14,752
     Nonpartisan Martha Good 9.2% 13,909
     Nonpartisan Sally O'Callaghan 8.3% 12,621
     Nonpartisan Victoria Straughn 5% 7,540
Total Votes 151,512
Source: Hamilton County, Ohio Board of Elections, "Official Results," accessed December 13, 2013


Good reported $73.42 in contributions but no expenditures to the Ohio Secretary of State, which left her campaign with $73.42 on hand.[3]


Good was defeated by incumbent Pat Fischer for the Ohio Court of Appeals District 1 seat on November 6, 2012.

Ohio Court of Appeals, District 1, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPat Fischer 54.4% 172,106
     Democrat Martha Good 45.6% 144,079
Total Votes 316,185
Source: Hamilton County Board of Elections

Campaign themes


In an interview with the League of Women Voters of the Cincinnati Area, Good explained how she would improve district schools:[4]

"We need to ensure that every dollar spent maximizes student academic achievement. Current spending should be evaluated and funds should be re-purposed for maximum direct impact to make schools effective institutions for nurturing each child's unique skills and talents. We need the best possible teacher in every classroom. We should stop preparing for tests and focus on fostering real learning and competence. We also need to engage parents and the community in educating all children for the benefit of both the children and the community. Finally we must ensure that all students participate in sports, art, music and other activities."

What was at stake?

Incumbent Melanie Bates was the only current member of the board seeking re-election in 2013. Eileen Cooper Reed and Catherine Ingram did not file for election and Vanessa White is seeking a seat on the Cincinnati City Council. Bates faced eight other candidates for four available seats on the board.


The district is contending with changing state standards for public schools embodied in the annual Ohio School Report Cards. Cincinnati Public Schools scored a C on the 2012-2013 report for overall performance and only met 45.8% of the state's performance indicators. Superintendent Mary Ronan and board members support strong standards though there is a concern that charter and private schools are not measured by the same standards.[5][6]

About the district

See also: Cincinnati Public Schools, Ohio
Cincinnati Public Schools is located in Hamilton County, Ohio
Cincinnati is the county seat of Hamilton County and located in southwestern Ohio. The city's population was 296,946 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[7]


Cincinnati lags behind the rest of Ohio in terms of median income and poverty rate while outpacing the state in higher education attainment. The 2010 U.S. Census found that 31% of Cincinnati residents over 25 years old held undergraduate degrees compared to a 24.5% rate for the state of Ohio. Cincinnati had a median income of $34,104 in 2010 compared to $48,071 for Ohio. The poverty rate for Cincinnati was 27.4% in 2010 compared to an 14.8% rate for the rest of the state.[7]

Racial Demographics, 2012[7]
Race Cincinnati (%) Ohio (%)
White 49.3 82.7
Black or African American 44.8 12.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 0.2
Asian 1.8 1.7
Two or More Races 2.5 2.1
Hispanic or Latino 2.8 3.1

Presidential Voting Pattern[8][9]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 52.5 46.1
2008 53 46
2004 47 52.5
2000 46.3 50.1

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