Antonette E. Pepe

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Antonette E. Pepe
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Board Member, Springfield School Committee, At-large
Former member
Term ends
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember, 2003
Term limitsN/A
High schoolCathedral High School
Associate'sSpringfield Technical Community College
Bachelor'sWestern New England College
ProfessionRetired, education paraprofessional
Office website
Antonette E. Pepe was an at-large member of the Springfield School Committee. She was first elected to the chamber in 2003. She was defeated in her bid for re-election in a general election on November 5, 2013.


Antonette Pepe resides in Springfield, Massachusetts. Pepe attended Cathedral High School but did not graduate, instead earning her G.E.D. as an adult.[1] She also studied at both Springfield Technical Community College and Western New England College.[1] Pepe spent 13 years as a paraprofessional in the school district and for 12 of those years she also served as the president of the local paraprofessional union before retiring in 2004.[1] She made an unsuccessful bid in Springfield's 2011 mayoral race, losing in the preliminary election.[2]



See also: Springfield Public Schools elections (2013)


Antonette Pepe ran against fellow incumbent Denise M. Hurst and challengers Calvin McFadden and Brenden J. Hammerle in her attempt to win one of two at-large seats in the general election on November 5, 2013. She was defeated by McFadden and came in third place.


Springfield Public Schools, At-Large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDenise M. Hurst Incumbent 37.7% 6,329
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngCalvin McFadden 32.4% 5,450
     Nonpartisan Antonette E. Pepe Incumbent 29.6% 4,971
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.3% 49
Total Votes 16,799
Source: City of Springfield, Massachusetts, "Springfield Vote Counts: Nov. 5 City Election Night Results," accessed December 18, 2013


Antonette Pepe began the race with an existing account balance of $786.41 from her previous campaigns. She reported $6,430.00 in contributions and $6,624.88 in expenditures to the Office of Campaign and Political Finance, which left her campaign with $591.53 on hand.[3]


Antonette Pepe did not receive any official endorsements for her campaign.


Springfield Public Schools, At-Large General Election, 4-year term, 2009
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAntonette E. Pepe Incumbent 50.8% 12,278
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDenise M. Hurst 48.5% 11,721
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.7% 165
Total Votes 24,164
Source: Springfield, Massachusetts, "November 3, 2009 Municipal Election Returns," accessed September 24, 2013

Campaign themes

Pepe's office website listed the following campaign themes for 2013:[1]

  • Promoting Excellence in Public Education:

Safe and clean Schools, Smaller class sizes, Foreign language, arts and music in all schools, School uniforms for all students, Administrators and School Committee Members should be held accountable for what we do and do not do to improve the quality of education.

  • All Students entering the 9th grade should graduate with a high school diploma. Currently, approximately 50% graduate.
  • All Schools should have equal resources and supplies for all grades as well as essential resources and supplies for specialized programs and services.
  • Students should have more time during the day for exercise and physical education. The focus on academic proficiency requires balance during the day for students to participate in organized physical activity. In addition, it is important to develop life-long skills that will promote physical well-being.

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

What was at stake?

There were six seats on the school board up for election on November 5, 2013. All six incumbents sought re-election to the board and four of them faced challengers. Barbara Gresham and Christopher Collins ran unopposed to retain their District 2 and 3 seats, respectively. Denise M. Hurst and Antonette E. Pepe attempted to fend off challenges to their at-large seats from Calvin McFadden and Brenden J. Hammerle. However, Pepe lost to McFadden for the second seat. District 1 incumbent Norman Roldan ran against newcomer Rosa Perez, and District 4 incumbent Peter M. Murphy faced a challenge from Zaida Govan.

About the district

See also: Springfield Public Schools, Massachusetts
Springfield Public Schools is located in Hampden County, Mass.
Springfield Public Schools is located in west-central Massachusetts in Hampden County. The county seat of Hampden County is Springfield. Hampden County is home to 467,319 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[4] In the 2011-2012 school year, Springfield Public Schools was the second-largest school district in Massachusetts and served 25,185 students.[5]


Hampden County underperformed compared to the rest of Massachusetts in terms of higher education achievement in 2013. The United States Census Bureau found that 24.5 percent of Hampden County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 39.4 percent for Massachusetts as a whole. The median household income in Hampden County was $49,094 compared to $66,866 for the state of Massachusetts. The poverty rate in Hampden County was 17.7 percent compared to 11.4 percent for the entire state.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2013[4]
Race Hampden County (%) Massachusetts (%)
White 83.8 83.2
Black or African American 10.6 8.1
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.7 0.5
Asian 2.3 6.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.2 0.1
Two or More Races 2.4 2.1
Hispanic or Latino 22.6 10.5

Hampden County Party Affiliation, 2012[6]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 112,321 39.23
Republican 37,692 13.16
Green-Rainbow 338 0.12
Other 1,420 0.50
Unaffiliated 134,536 46.99

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[7] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

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