How to research school board candidates
in 5 EASY STEPS!
in 5 EASY STEPS!
STEP 1: Find your candidates
Use these options to find school board candidates in your area
- Full list of school board candidates across Ohio HERE
- Voter Guides: OhioVoterGuide.org • Vote411.org • School Board School (Cincinnati area)
- Local Board of Elections website
- Find your Board of Elections website HERE
- Select What’s on My Ballot and enter your address for a list of candidates or a sample ballot
STEP 2: Research your candidates
Use this checklist to research key information about the candidates.
- Campaign website and social media accounts (LinkedIn, Facebook, X (formerly Twitter), Instagram, etc.)
- Campaign endorsements and affiliations (IMPORTANT: these can have a strong influence on a candidate’s values)
- Candidate interviews (visit Vote411.org to read unedited responses to candidate questions)
- News coverage (TV, radio, newspapers, letters to the editor, blogs, podcasts, candidate profiles, etc.)
- Place of employment
- Resume or curriculum vitae
- Lawsuits, litigation, criminal background, registries
- Personal social media accounts and blogs
- Personal affiliations (boards, committees, memberships, volunteer work, etc.)
- What are their values and priorities? What education issues are most important to them?
- Does the candidate understand the role of the local school board? (Learn more HERE)
- Would their work, expertise, or experiences add value?
- What do their endorsements and affiliations reflect about their beliefs?
STEP 3: Attend candidate events
Engage with candidates and ask questions at in-person, voter education events
- Candidate forums, debates, and town halls hosted by nonpartisan groups, including PTO/PTA, League of Women Voters, NAACP, Urban League, Equality Ohio, Chambers of Commerce, etc.
- Find local candidate forums by entering your address at Vote411.org
- Meet and Greets hosted by candidates or supporting organizations
TIP: Bring these helpful candidate questions to the events. Take notes on candidate responses, tone, and how they engage or reference other candidates or board members.
STEP 4: Attend school board meetings
Attend board meetings to learn about district priorities and issues, and observe incumbent candidates.
- Find meeting dates and times on your district’s website or call the administration office
- Watch live and recorded meetings on your district website, YouTube, or other social media
- Review board meeting documents, including agendas, minutes, proposed policy changes, curriculum updates, and budgets
STEP 5: Assess candidates & create sample ballot
Almost done! Use all of your research to Use all of your research to evaluate and select the best candidates for your district.
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