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Charles J. Ricotta
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Former candidate for
Board member, Wappingers Central Board of Education, At-large
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Last electionMay 20, 2014
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Charles J. Ricotta was a candidate for an at-large seat on the Wappingers Central Board of Education in New York. He lost the general election on May 20, 2014.



See also: Wappingers Central School District elections (2014)


Charles J. Ricotta and five other challengers lost to incumbents Ved Shravah and John Lumia and newcomers Peggy Kelland, Tracy V. Pelton and Seema Rizvi for the five at-large seats in the general election on May 20, 2014.

The resignations of board members Thomas Piliouras and Daniel Miller in February 2014 led to an increase in the number of seats up for election from three to five. The candidate who received the fourth-most votes in the May election, Seema Rizvi, received Piliouras's seat, which carried an unexpired two-year term. The candidate who received the fifth-most votes in the May election, Ved Shravah, received Miller's seat, which carried an unexpired one-year term.[1][2]


Wappingers Central School District, At-Large General Election, 3-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Lumia Incumbent 12.8% 3,197
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngPeggy Kelland 12.4% 3,076
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngTracy V. Pelton 11.4% 2,835
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSeema Rizvi 10% 2,490
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngVed Shravah Incumbent 9.6% 2,398
     Nonpartisan Stephen Perillo 8.8% 2,192
     Nonpartisan Anne M. LaValle 8.4% 2,098
     Nonpartisan Matthew Henning 7.4% 1,847
     Nonpartisan Eddy A. Sloshower 7.1% 1,759
     Nonpartisan Emanuele Marinaro 7% 1,731
     Nonpartisan Charles J. Ricotta 5.1% 1,275
Total Votes 24,898
Source: Poughkeepsie Journal, "Wappingers budget passes; 5 win seats," May 20, 2014


Ricotta did not file a campaign finance report with the New York State Board of Elections during the election.[3][4]


Ricotta did not receive any endorsements during the election.

About the district

See also: Wappingers Central School District, New York
Wappingers Central School District is located in Dutchess County, New York
Wappingers Central School District is located in Dutchess County, New York. The county seat of Dutchess County is Poughkeepsie. Dutchess County is home to 296,916 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[5] Wappingers Central is the eighth-largest school district in New York, serving 11,950 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[6]


Dutchess County underperformed in comparison to the rest of New York in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 32.5 percent of Dutchess County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 32.8 percent for New York as a whole. The median household income in Dutchess County was $71,508 compared to $57,683 for the state of New York. The poverty rate in Dutchess County was 9.1 percent compared to 14.9 percent for the entire state.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2012[5]
Race Dutchess County (%) New York (%)
White 82.7 71.2
Black or African American 10.7 17.5
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4 1.0
Asian 3.7 8.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 2.3 2.2
Hispanic or Latino 11.0 18.2

2013 Party Affiliation, Dutchess County[7]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 63,031 34.08
Republican 55,502 30.01
Independent 10,891 5.89
Constitution 3,635 1.97
Working Families 842 0.46
Green 471 0.25
Other 74 0.04
Unaffiliated 50,512 27.30

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.[8][9]

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