August 7 filing deadline for Ohio school board hopefuls

Ballotpedia is covering school board elections in 20 Ohio school districts in 2019. The general election is on November 5, and 19 of the school districts have their candidate filing deadline on August 7. The one exception is Columbus City Schools, which had its filing deadline earlier on February 6. Columbus also had a primary scheduled for May in case more than two candidates filed per seat, but that did not happen and the primary was canceled.
Across the 20 school districts, 46 of 104 seats are up for election. Three districts—Columbus City Schools, the Olentangy Local School District, and the Washington Local School District—have a majority of their seats on the ballot this year. This means one or more of the election winners could hold the deciding vote on future board decisions.
Ballotpedia previously covered Ohio’s school board elections in 2017. That year, 57 out of 98 seats were on the ballot, and 15 of the 18 school districts covered had a majority of their school board seats on the ballot.
Ballotpedia covers the 200 largest school districts by student enrollment in the United States as well as the school districts that geographically overlap with the nation’s 100 largest cities by population.
These 20 Ohio school districts served a combined total of 270,401 students during the 2016-2017 school year.
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