Brenden J. Hammerle

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Brenden J. Hammerle
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Former candidate for
Board Member, Springfield School Committee, At-large
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Next generalNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
High schoolHigh School of Commerce
Bachelor'sWestern New England College
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Brenden J. Hammerle was a candidate for an at-large seat on the Springfield School Committee up for general election on November 5, 2013.[1] However, he withdrew from the race before the election and therefore did not appear on the ballot.


Brenden Hammerle resides in Springfield, Massachusetts. Hammerle graduated from the High School of Commerce and received a Bachelor's degree from Western New England College.[2][3] In 2003, he launched an unsuccessful bid for the Springfield School Committee.[3]



See also: Springfield Public Schools elections (2013)


Brenden Hammerle challenged incumbents Denise M. Hurst and Antonette E. Pepe and fellow newcomer Calvin McFadden in his attempt to win one of two at-large seats in the general election on November 5, 2013. Due to his withdrawal from the race, Hammerle did not appear on the ballot.


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 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


As of September 24, no 2013 campaign donations or expenditures for Brenden Hammerle had been reported to the Massachusetts Office of Campaign & Political Finance.[4]


Brenden Hammerle did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.

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. McFadden was successful in unseating Pepe, however, McFadden did receive enough votes. 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, Massachusetts
Springfield Public Schools is located in Hampden County, Massachusetts. The county seat of Hampden County is Springfield. According to the 2010 US Census, Hampden County is home to 465,923 residents.[5]


Hampden County under performed in comparison to the rest of Massachusetts in terms of median rates of average household income, poverty rate and higher education achievement in 2011. The median household income in Hampden County was $48,866 compared to $65,981 for the state of Massachusetts. The poverty rate in Hampden County was 16.6% compared to 10.7% for the entire state. The US Census also found that 23.9% of Hampden County residents aged 25 years and older attained a bachelor's degree compared to 38.7% in Massachusetts.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2012[5]
Race Hampden County (%) Massachusetts (%)
White 84.0 83.7
Black or African American 10.5 7.9
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.8 0.5
Asian 2.2 5.8
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.2 0.1
Two or More Races 2.4 2.0
Hispanic or Latino 22.0 10.1

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

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.[7]

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