Westerville News & Public Opinion

Davidson announces candidacy for school board


Another Westerville resident has announced her intention to run for the Westerville City School District Board of Education.

Tracy Davidson, a professional tutor, volunteer and mother of three children in the district, will join incumbent school board member Kevin Hoffman and the Rev. Rick Vilardo in the race for three board seats.

Incumbent board members Kristi Robbins and Denise Pope said they will not seek re-election.

"I really want to be a voice for the kids in our district," Davidson said. "Behind the numbers and statistics, there are actually children and teachers and staff."

Davidson runs her own tutoring business and volunteers tutoring children regularly in the district. She recently earned one of the district's Great Educator Mentor (GEM) Awards for her work in the district.

"I have been blessed enough to be able to work with the kids and the teachers," Davidson said.

She also has been active in school groups including the Westerville Parent Council, Westerville Education Challenge and PTA. She also has long been active with Our Community, Our Schools, the group that advocates for the district's levy campaigns.

A 20-year resident of the district, Davidson said she feels motivated to run for school board because she sees the need for improvement in the district, particularly when it comes to increasing programming for students at the middle-school level.

"If you want changes, you need to get in there and make some changes," Davidson said. "I recognize that's going to be a huge challenge for us because we have to be fiscally responsible."

Davidson said she believes the district can meet that challenge and create more programs to better prepare students for the future.

"I want more," Davidson said. "I think we can give it. I think we've got great teachers and staff."