Andrea R. Steenstrup

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Andrea R. Steenstrup
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Former candidate for
Board Member, Newton School Committee, Ward 2
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sRensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Master'sRensselaer Polytechnic Institute
ProfessionCertified Public Accountant
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Andrea R. Steenstrup was a candidate for the Ward 2 seat on the Newton School Committee. She did not win the seat in the general election on November 5, 2013.


Andrea Steenstrup resides in Newton, Massachusetts. Steenstrup earned both a B.S. degree in Math and an M.B.A. from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. During her career, she has worked in health care finance with CIGNA Healthcare and as a Certified Public Accountant.[1]



See also: Newton Public Schools elections (2013)


Andrea Steenstrup lost to fellow newcomer Margaret L. Albright for the vacant Ward 2 seat in the general election on November 5, 2013.


Newton Public Schools, Ward 2 General Election, 2-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMargaret L. Albright 52.6% 5,107
     Nonpartisan Andrea R. Steenstrup 47.2% 4,585
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.2% 19
Total Votes 9,711
Source: Newton, Massachusetts, "Official Results - November 5, 2013," accessed December 18, 2013


Andrea Steenstrup reported $9,865.00 in contributions and $4,667.37 in expenditures to the Newton Election Commission, which left her campaign with $5,197.63 on hand.[2]


Andrea Steenstrup received endorsements from the Newton Teachers Association, State Senator Cynthia Stone Creem and many Newton School Committee members and local Aldermen.[3][4]

Campaign themes

Steenstrup's campaign website listed the following campaign themes for 2013:[5]

  • Helping to ensure our schools have the right amount of technology at the right levels. Our investments in technology must be sustainable and teachers must be sufficiently trained to make sure we get the most value for our limited dollars.
  • Helping ensure that EVERY child reaches their own personal potential. We must have programs aimed at not just the high achieving kids and those who are struggling, but also all of the students in the middle.
  • Working to ensure that the new school buildings are designed and built in such a way that they not only meet today’s needs, but they are flexible enough to accommodate changing enrollment and changing learning environments. Our buildings also need to be safe, both in terms of security and traffic safety.
  • Keeping neighborhood schools and having priority put on children walking to school. This is especially important as our enrollment grows and when our new and expanded school buildings are complete.
  • Managing our budget carefully to insure that every tax dollar is well-spent.

Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.

What was at stake?

There were eight seats on the school board up for election on November 5, 2013. Five incumbents ran unopposed for re-election, including Angela Pitter-Wright, Diana Fisher Gomberg, Steven Siegel, Matt Hills and Margie Ross Decter. Fellow incumbents Geoff Epstein, Jonathan Yeo and Chairperson Claire Sokoloff did not file for re-election. Newcomers Ellen P. Gibson and Ruth E. Goldman ran unopposed for Epstein and Sokoloff's seats, respectively. The only contested race was in Ward 2 for Yeo's seat, for which Margaret L. Albright defeated Andrea R. Steenstrup.[6]

About the district

See also: Newton Public Schools, Massachusetts
Newton Public Schools is located in Middlesex County, Massachusetts
Newton Public Schools is located in Middlesex County, Massachusetts. The county seats of Middlesex County are Lowell and Cambridge. According to the 2010 US Census, Middlesex County is home to 1,537,215 residents.[7]


Middlesex County outperformed the rest of Massachusetts in terms of its poverty rate, median rates of average household income and higher education achievement in 2011. The poverty rate in Middlesex County was 7.7% compared to 10.7% for the entire state. The median household income in Middlesex County was $79,691 compared to $65,981 for the state of Massachusetts. The US Census also found that 49.8% of Middlesex County residents aged 25 years and older attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 38.7% in Massachusetts.[7]

Racial Demographics, 2012[7]
Race Middlesex County (%) Massachusetts (%)
White 82.3 83.7
Black or African American 5.3 7.9
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 0.5
Asian 10.1 5.8
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 2.0 2.0
Hispanic or Latino 7.0 10.1

Party Affiliation, 2012[8]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 342,112 36.90
Republican 96,970 10.46
Green-Rainbow 1,134 0.12
Unaffiliated 483,119 52.11
Other 3,854 0.42

Note: Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" percentage, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off. Read more about race and ethnicity in the Census here.[9]

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