Christopher Collins

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Christopher Collins
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Board Member, Springfield School Committee, District 3
Term ends
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember, 2007
Next general2017
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sWestfield State University
Master'sWestfield State University
ProfessionRetired, educator
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Christopher Collins is the District 3 member of the Springfield School Committee. He was first elected to the chamber in 2007. Collins successfully ran for re-election in a general election on November 5, 2013.


Christopher Collins resides in Springfield, Massachusetts. Collins earned a B.S. and an M.S. from Westfield State University before beginning his career as an educator.[1] He spent more than 35 years as a teacher, insurance administrator and principal in Springfield Public Schools before reaching retirement.[2]



See also: Springfield Public Schools elections (2013)


Christopher Collins ran unopposed to keep his District 3 seat in the general election on November 5, 2013.


Springfield Public Schools, District 3 General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngChristopher Collins Incumbent 98.4% 2,155
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 1.6% 35
Total Votes 2,190
Source: City of Springfield, Massachusetts, "Springfield Vote Counts: Nov. 5 City Election Night Results," accessed December 18, 2013


Christopher Collins began the race with an existing account balance of $2,295.16 from his previous campaigns. He reported no contributions or expenditures to the Office of Campaign and Political Finance, which left his campaign with $2,295.16 on hand.[3]


Christopher Collins did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.


Springfield Public Schools, District 3 General Election, 4-year term, 2009
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngChristopher Collins Incumbent 68.9% 4,571
     Nonpartisan Orlando Santiago 30.9% 2,049
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.2% 11
Total Votes 6,631
Source: Springfield, Massachusetts, "November 3, 2009 Municipal Election Returns," accessed September 24, 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 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. 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 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.[7][8]

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