Linda Haycock Candidate Ohio State School Board


Leadership for All Ohio's Children

A family tragedy halted my grandfather’s education after 8th grade.  However, because of public schools, his son—my father—became the first in his family to attend college.  This opportunity dramatically changed his life—and mine.

As a mother of four, I will work on the State Board of Education to ensure that all Ohio’s children have that same opportunity.  I firmly believe that quality public education provides our children with the skills they need to be engaged citizens, physicians, educators, entrepreneurs, and innovators, and to sustain a healthy, forward-looking society and economy.


For the past 28 years, my primary responsibility has been as a mother.   From my economics background, I knew that sacrificing a full-time career to stay with my children had a high financial opportunity cost.  Nevertheless, I diligently worked my professional life—including years in real estate and business management and my service to the Shawnee School District—around my family.  As I predicted, my close involvement in my children’s educations and activities, at home and school, has been priceless.  This experience as a mother is what has solidified my passion for education.  A position on the State Board of Education would enable me to exercise this passion for the benefit of all Ohio’s children.


Through my service on the Shawnee Local School Board, I have learned that diversity of skills and experience among school board members helps them make wiser choices. In my case, the lessons parenthood taught me—efficiency, fiscal responsibility, quick learning, short- and long-term planning, organization, stamina, and a willingness to listen to all sides—have proven indispensable to my work on the school board.  

With my unique experience and qualifications, I hope I can have your vote for the State Board of Education!

Public Education Experience

Shawnee Local Board of Education

  • Member, 8 years

  • Current President and Legislative Liaison


Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA)

  • Federal Relations Network — Legislative Advocate, 3 years

    • Represent the OSBA and the National School Boards Association

    • Research current education related issues and legislation, then prepare and present findings to U.S. representatives in Washington, D.C.

    • Develop relationships with U.S. Representatives throughout the year

  • Board Member Cabinet — Legislative Advocate

    • Meet with various state officials, including Ohio Department of Education officials, the Governor's staff, the State Superintendent, and others on state educational issues

  • Master Board Member, 2015

    • Award that recognizes voluntary participation in 300 hours of OSBA-sponsored professional development classes


​​Allen County Chamber of Commerce

  • Legislative Committee — Education Representative, 3 years 

    • Consult with Chamber on state legislation in order to assess the impact of education on the business climate in Allen County and close the employment skills gap

    • Help Chamber develop official stances on state legislation

Business Experience

Haycock Foot and Ankle Center

  • Business Manager, 10 years


BS in Economics, 1990

Family and Community

Shawnee Optimist Club

  • Member, 5 years

  • Chaplain, 3 years


  • Participant, 6 years

Linda Haycock and Family
Linda Haycock with Senator Sherrod Brown and Senator Rob Portman of Ohio
Linda Haycock with Congressman Jim Jordan
Linda Haycock on her Bicycle in the Pelotonia

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