Bob Lesh

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Bob Lesh
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Candidate for
Scranton Board of Education, At-large
Term ends
November 2013
PartyDemocratic
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First elected1997
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Marine Corps
Personal
ProfessionBus driver
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Bob Lesh is a candidate for an at-large seat on the Scranton Board of Directors in Pennsylvania. The seat is up for general election on November 3, 2015. There was a primary election on May 19, 2015. He filed to run in the Democratic primary. Lesh won the Democratic nomination and will advance to the general election.[1][2]

Lesh was an at-large member of the Scranton Board of Education. He lost re-election to the board as a Republican candidate against five other candidates on November 5, 2013. Lesh first won election to the board in 1997. Lesh was listed on the general election ballot for two seats on the board. He sought election to another full term on the board as well as an unexpired two-year term against Democratic candidate Kyle Donahue.[3]

Biography

Lesh served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He worked for 22 years for the County of Lackawanna Transit System (COLTS) before his termination on October 22, 2013. Lesh is currently appealing the termination.[4]

Elections

2015

See also: Scranton School District elections (2015)

Opposition

Five of the nine seats on the Scranton Board of Directors are up for general election on November 3, 2015. There was a primary election on May 19, 2015.

Incumbents Paul Duffy and Carol Owens Oleski faced a crowded field of candidates. Challengers included Bob Lesh, Joseph Matyjevich, Greg Popil, Tom Schuster, Adam Swieciaszek, James Timlin and Larry Wynne. Lesh, Matyjevich and Timlin ran in the Democratic primary. All other candidates ran in both the Republican and Democratic primaries.[1][2]

Election results

Scranton School District,
At-Large Democratic Primary Election, 4-year term, 2015
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Duffy Incumbent 15.9% 4,593
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCarol Owens Oleski Incumbent 14.5% 4,181
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJames Timlin 13.2% 3,807
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTom Schuster 12.5% 3,597
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBob Lesh 12.2% 3,507
     Democratic Larry Wynne 9.8% 2,828
     Democratic Joseph Matyjevich 9.6% 2,764
     Democratic Greg Popil 9.2% 2,639
     Democratic Adam Swieciaszek 3.1% 882
Total Votes 28,798
Source: Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, "Unofficial Results," accessed May 19, 2015 These election results are not official and will be updated when certified results are available. You can submit certified results by contacting us.


Scranton School District,
At-Large Republican Primary Election, 4-year term, 2015
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTom Schuster 20% 846
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Duffy Incumbent 19.7% 833
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCarol Owens Oleski Incumbent 19.3% 816
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGreg Popil 16.5% 696
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLarry Wynne 15% 635
     Republican Adam Swieciaszek 9.4% 396
Total Votes 4,222
Source: Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, "Unofficial Results," accessed May 19, 2015 These election results are not official and will be updated when certified results are available. You can submit certified results by contacting us.

Funding

Campaign finance information is not available for this election as of May 18, 2015.

Endorsements

Lesh received no official endorsements for his campaign as of April 15, 2015.

2013

See also: Scranton School District elections (2013)

Opposition

Lesh ran for election to the board on November 5, 2013 against incumbents Cy Douaihy and Bob Sheridan as well as challengers Carol Oleski, Robert Casey and Mark McAndrew.

Results

Scranton School District, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Casey 19.9% 9,014
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngMark McAndrew 19% 8,627
     Cross filed Green check mark transparent.pngCy Douaihy Incumbent 18.4% 8,354
     Cross filed Green check mark transparent.pngBob Sheridan Incumbent 16.9% 7,648
     Republican Bob Lesh Incumbent 13.1% 5,938
     Republican Carol Owens Oleski 12.2% 5,546
     Nonpartisan Write-in 0.5% 240
Total Votes 45,367
Source: Lackawanna County, "Certified Election Results," accessed December 14, 2013]


Scranton School District, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngKyle Donahue 62.2% 8,977
     Republican Bob Lesh Incumbent 37.4% 5,390
Total Votes 14,423
Source: Lackawanna County, "Certified Election Results," accessed December 14, 2013]


Scranton School District, Republican Primary, May 21, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBob Sheridan Incumbent 14.4% 907
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCarol Oleski 12.9% 811
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBob Lesh Incumbent 11.5% 724
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCy Douaihy Incumbent 10.9% 682
     Republican Mark McAndrew 10.5% 659
     Republican Robert Casey 10.4% 653
     Republican Tom Borthwick 9.6% 604
     Republican James J. Timlin 8.8% 550
     Republican Tom Schuster 8.7% 546
     Republican Write-in votes 2.3% 145
Total Votes 6,281
Source: Lackawanna County Board of Elections


Scranton School District, Democratic Primary, May 21, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Casey 12% 4,272
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCy Douaihy Incumbent 11% 3,900
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBob Sheridan Incumbent 10.6% 3,773
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMark McAndrew 10.5% 3,727
     Democratic Bob Lesh Incumbent 9.8% 3,495
     Democratic Carol Oleski 8.4% 2,984
     Democratic Tom Schuster 8.2% 2,925
     Democratic Tom Borthwick 8.1% 2,872
     Democratic James J. Timlin 7% 2,492
     Democratic Kevin J. Manley 5.6% 1,980
     Democratic Todd Hartman 5.1% 1,818
     Democratic Douglas J. Miller 3.5% 1,234
     Democratic Write-in votes 0.3% 92
Total Votes 35,564
Source: Lackawanna County Board of Elections

Funding

Lesh did not report any campaign contributions or expenditures to the Pennsylvania Department of State ahead of the November 5, 2013 general election.

Endorsements

Lesh received no official endorsements for the 2013 campaign.

2009

Lesh won re-election to the board on November 3, 2009 by placing third out of four candidates for four available seats.

Scranton School District, At-large, November 3, 2009
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBrian Jeffers 25.8% 8,969
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBob Sheridan 25.1% 8,717
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBob Lesh 24.7% 8,587
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngFrank Brazill 24.5% 8,509
Total Votes 34,782
Source: Lackawanna County Board of Elections

What was at stake?

2013

Incumbents Lesh, Cy Douaihy and Bob Sheridan sought re-election to full terms on the board. They were joined by Carol Oleski, Robert Casey and Mark McAndrew in pursing four available seats on November 5, 2013. Voters also filled an unexpired two-year term left by the resignation of Sean O'Shea in April due to obligations in the Pennsylvania National Guard. The Lackawanna County Democratic Party selected Kyle Donahue as their candidate for the seat in September. Lesh also pursued the unexpired term as the Republican candidate.[5]

Federal lawsuit by suspended principal

On October 25, 2013, suspended Robert Morris Elementary principal Gwendolyn Damiano filed a lawsuit in federal court against the district claiming deprivation of her right to due process. Damiano was suspended by the district on July 3, 2013 due to allegations that she failed to adequately oversee administration of state standardized tests in the school. The district was under investigation by the Pennsylvania Department of Education as cheating allegations clouded local schools. District officials suspended four teachers and recommended the firing of another teacher related to these investigations. The Board of Education overturned these suspensions and prevented the firing.[6]

Her lawsuit claims that the district failed to provide a timely appeal of her suspension due to the upcoming school board election. Damiano's lawsuit accuses five board members including Lesh, Cy Douaihy and Bob Sheridan of delaying her September 19, 2013 appeal hearing to avoid embarrassment ahead of the election. The board held three preliminary hearings in August and early September but canceled the September 19 hearing without rescheduling the meeting.[6]

About the district

See also: Scranton School District, Pennsylvania
The Scranton School District is located in Lackawanna County, Pa.
The Scranton School District is located in northeastern Pennsylvania in Lackawanna County. The city of Scranton is the county seat. According to the United States Census Bureau, Lackawanna County was home to 213,931 residents in 2013.[7] In the 2011-2012 school year, the Scranton School District was the 18th-largest school district in Pennsylvania and served 9,798 students.[8]

Demographics

Lackawanna County underperformed compared to the rest of Pennsylvania in terms of higher education achievement in 2013. The United States Census Bureau found that the percentage of residents over age 25 with a bachelor's degree or higher was 25.7 percent compared to the state's average at 27.5 percent. The county's median income was $46,044 compared to the rest of Pennsylvania at $52,254. Lackawanna County had a poverty rate of 13.6 percent, while Pennsylvania's poverty rate was 13.3 percent.[7]

Racial Demographics, 2013[7]
Race Lackawanna County (%) Pennsylvania (%)
White 93.0 83.2
Black or African American 3.1 11.5
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 0.3
Asian 2.1 3.1
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.5 1.8
Hispanic or Latino 5.9 6.3

2013 Party Affiliation, Lackawanna County[9]
Party Registered voters, Lackawanna County  % of Total
Republican 38,440 26.2
Democratic 95,036 64.8
Libertarian 529 0.4
Other 12,600 8.6

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.[10]

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