Brian A. O'Connell
|Brian A. O'Connell|
|Board Member, Worcester School Committee, At-large|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|First elected||November, 1983|
|Next general||November, 2015|
|Bachelor's||College of the Holy Cross|
|J.D.||Harvard Law School|
Brian O'Connell resides in Worcester, Massachusetts. O'Connell earned his B.A. in English, French and History from the College of the Holy Cross and his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1974. He has spent his career both as an attorney and as an educational administrator with Winchendon Public Schools and Killingly Public Schools. O'Connell serves on the board of trustees for both Worcester Academy and Anna Maria College.
Brian O'Connell won re-election against eight other candidates to one of six at-large seats in the general election on November 5, 2013.
|Worcester Public Schools, At-large General Election, 2-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Brian A. O'Connell Incumbent||15.3%||8,146|
|Nonpartisan||John L. Foley Incumbent||13.9%||7,385|
|Nonpartisan||John F. Monfredo Incumbent||12.2%||6,465|
|Nonpartisan||Dianna Biancheria Incumbent||11.9%||6,305|
|Nonpartisan||Tracy A. O'Connell Novick Incumbent||11.8%||6,247|
|Nonpartisan||Donna M. Colorio Incumbent||10.6%||5,654|
|Nonpartisan||Robert J. Cohane||7.5%||3,981|
|Nonpartisan||Douglas F. Arbetter||5.5%||2,908|
|Source: Worcester, Massachusetts, "Election Summary, Municipal Election," accessed December 18, 2013|
Brian O'Connell began the race with an existing debt of $8,186.64 from his previous campaigns. He reported no contributions or expenditures to the Worcester Election Commission, which left his campaign with $8,186.64 in debt.
|Worcester Public Schools, At-large General Election, 2-year term, 2011|
|Nonpartisan||Brian A. O'Connell Incumbent||13.3%||9,074|
|Nonpartisan||John L. Foley Incumbent||13.3%||9,065|
|Nonpartisan||Dianna L. Biancheria Incumbent||12.1%||8,258|
|Nonpartisan||John F. Monfredo Incumbent||11.1%||7,565|
|Nonpartisan||Tracy A. O'Connell Novick Incumbent||10.3%||6,974|
|Nonpartisan||Donna M. Colorio||10%||6,768|
|Nonpartisan||Mary J. Mullaney Incumbent||9.9%||6,735|
|Nonpartisan||Todd Mark Salmonsen||6.2%||4,220|
|Nonpartisan||John A. Trobaugh||5.1%||3,486|
|Source: Worcester, Massachusetts, "Election Summary, Municipal Election," accessed September 25, 2013|
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 faced three challengers. Hilda Ramirez made an unsuccessful bid for a board seat in 2011, while Douglas F. Arbetter and Robert J. Cohane are newcomers.
About the district
- See also: Worcester Public Schools, Massachusetts
Worcester County outperformed the rest of Massachusetts in terms of poverty rates but under performed in terms of median rates of average household income and higher education achievement in 2011. The median household income in Worcester County was $65,772 compared to $65,981 for the state of Massachusetts. The poverty rate in Worcester County was 9.9% compared to 10.7% for the entire state. The US Census also found that 33.3% of Worcester County residents aged 25 years and older attained a bachelor's degree compared to 38.7% in Massachusetts.
Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.
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- LinkedIn, "Brian O'Connell," accessed September 26, 2013
- Holy Cross, "Nominees Announced for Alumni Association Board," accessed September 26, 2013
- Worcester, Massachusetts, "Campaign Finance Filings," accessed December 23, 2013
- Jacqueline Reis, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, "Teachers union announces endorsements," September 23, 2013
- Worcester Telegram & Gazette, "Endorsements for Worcester School Committee," November 3, 2013
- Worcester Magazine, "Endorsements in the City Council and School Committee 2013 elections," October 31, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Worcester County, Massachusetts," accessed September 25, 2013
- Massachusetts Secretary of State, “Enrollment Breakdown as of 2/15/2012,” accessed September 25, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- 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. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.