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Hamilton County, OH November 5, 2013 Election
Member of Board of Education; Cincinnati City School District Voter Information

4 Year Term. Salary: $125 per meeting

The board is a policy-making body, but exercises only those powers delegated to it by state law. It chooses its own officers.

Results as of Jan 15 7:15pm, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (216/216)
Candidates (Vote for 4)
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Melanie Bates Click here for more information about this candidate 27469 votes 18.13%

  • Occupation: Hospital Liaison
  • Member, Cincinnati Board of Education, 2002-present
  • Member, Ohio Board of Education, 1995-2001
  • Employed by LifeCenter Organ Donor Network
  • Master of Public Administration, NKU; B.S. Xavier
  • Advisory Board, Master of Public Administration, NKU
  • Mother, 3 CPS graduates, all college graduates
  • Promote Student Success by implementing world class academics
  • Work for a stable financial foundation for public education
  • Support Community Learning Centers & community engagement
Ericka Copeland-Dansby Click here for more information about this candidate 22455 votes 14.82%
  • Occupation: Development Director
  • 25 Years Serving Children and Families in the Greater Cincinnati Area through Non-Profit Management
  • State of Ohio Teaching Certificate
  • Former Teacher
  • Served on Various Boards and Committees Directly Impacting Children and Families
  • Parent of a Current CPS Student (Sophomore)
  • CPS Graduate
  • Ensuring Quality Public Education for all Children | Setting a Culture of Excellence
  • Excellence in the Classroom
  • Students Graduate Prepared for the 21st Century Workforce
Elisa Hoffman Click here for more information about this candidate 20861 votes 13.77%
  • Occupation: Director, Centralized Hiring for an education nonprofit
  • Master of Arts in Teaching, Trinity College
  • BA, Colgate University, magna cum laude
  • Elementary school teacher; school Teacher of the Year
  • Education Chair, Mayor Mallory's Young Professional Kitchen Cabinet
  • Parents: I'll listen to parents and community members and respond to their questions, ideas, and concerns.
  • Preschool: We'll increase the number of high-quality preschool seats in CPS so that our children enter kindergarten on track.
  • People: We'll improve our teacher hiring process so we have the best teachers coming into CPS, and support them with effective school leaders.
Daniel Arturo Minera Click here for more information about this candidate 16537 votes 10.91%
  • Occupation: Director of Hispanic Outreach for City Gospel Mission
  • Pastor of Outreach and Missions for Amigo Ministries
  • Local School Decision Making Committee (LSDMC) member at Roberts Academy
  • Tutor and Mentor to Families in Price Hill
  • Eagle Scout
  • Anthony Muņoz Foundation "Jim Semon Impact Award" recipient
  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
  • Community Learning Centers
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Resources for non-English Families
Marcia A. Futel Click here for more information about this candidate 15368 votes 10.14%
  • Occupation: I am a Financial Services Professional
  • I hold licenses in life insurance, annuities, and securities
  • I enjoyed a successful 23 year career in Programming and Information Technology
  • I am the mother of 3 Cincinnati Public School graduates each holding 4-year college degrees
  • I am currently Board president of Parents for Public Schools of Greater Cincinnati
  • I am a member of the Ohio State Superintendent's Parent Advisory Council
  • I was educated in Chicago Public School system holding Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • High quality education in EVERY CPS school
  • Leadership at EVERY level that inspires excellence
  • Serving EVERY family as valued customers
Betsy Ann Shank Click here for more information about this candidate 14752 votes 9.74%
  • Occupation: Former Teacher
  • Taught 31 years in Cincinnati Public Schools
  • Board of Directors Member of Know Theatre since 2000
  • Docent at the Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education
  • Promoting effective schools while improving schools in need
  • Working for a solid financial foundation
  • Supporting community learning centers
Martha Good Click here for more information about this candidate 13909 votes 9.18%
  • Occupation: Educator and Attorney
  • U.C. College of Law/JD (Valedictorian,1985); Brown Univ./Ph.D.(1976), M.A. (1972); Skidmore College/B.A. with Honors (1970).
  • University of Cincinnati College of Education, Miami University, University of Dayton College of Law professor (past).
  • Cincinnati Public School parent, 20 years; PTA President & Board Member, 10 years.
  • Parent of 3 CPS graduates who have earned degrees from Oberlin, Harvard and Yale.
  • Dress for Success, Professional Women's Groups (past)
  • Mediator & Attorney
  • Students First: ensure that CPS provides an excellent education for all children, preparing them for career, college and civic responsibility.
  • Parent & Community Involvement: ensure that parents and community members are closely involved in CPS decisions and daily activities.
  • Safe & Secure Schools: ensure that students are protected from violence and bullying so they can focus on academic achievement.
Sally Rebecca (Tookman) O'Callaghan Click here for more information about this candidate 12621 votes 8.33%
  • Occupation: Mom
  • Taught Math and Science in CPS for ten years at Anderson Place, Vine, Losantiville and SCPA. Students were top scorers on OAT in district.
  • Graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Science in Education from Ohio University
  • All 4 of my children attend CPS.
  • Helped develop Math curriculum for CPS.
  • Fairiview Parent Board Ways and Means Chair
  • Board Member for Visionaries and Voices as well as Parents and Professionals for Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio
  • As a CPS Board Member, I will work to make sure we bring Excellence to Every Building.
  • I'll do this by elevating expectations, bringing quality preschool to all CPS kids, addressing the mobility issue and increasing community involvement
  • Until I would be willing to send my kids to any school in our district, CPS isn't as good as it can and should be.
Victoria Straughn Click here for more information about this candidate 7540 votes 4.98%
  • Occupation: Candidate Cincinnati City School Board
  • Certified Medical Assistant, Associate
  • Current Board member of Cincinnati Interfaith Worker Center
  • Current board member of Cincinnati Chapter of National Action Network
  • Former board member of United Way
  • Cincinnati Youth Collaborative Mentor
  • Graduate of the Cincinnati Grassroots Leadership Academy
  • Closing the Digital Divide and Improve Student Achievement
  • Budget to the needs of the children and Fairness In Education
  • Connecting Health to Education and Encourage Community Involvement

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