David Wihby

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David M. Wihby
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Board Member, Manchester Board of School Committee, At-large
Incumbent
Term ends
2015
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First elected2011
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
New Hampshire Commissioner of Labor
July 12, 2012 - June 19, 2013
Manchester Alderman
1985 - 2003
Personal
ProfessionPublic servant
Websites
Office website
David M. Wihby is an at-large member of the Manchester School District. He was first elected to the chamber in 2011. He ran for re-election in a primary election on September 17 and won the seat in the general election on November 5, 2013 in an unopposed election. He was the acting New Hampshire Commissioner of Labor from July, 2012 to June, 2013. He assumed the role on an interim basis after Commissioner George Copadis was appointed to the Department of Employment Security.[1]

Biography

David Wihby resides in Manchester, New Hampshire. He is a current at-large member of the Board of School Committee, which he was first elected to in 2011. Wihby spent 18 years as a Republican alderman of the Manchester municipal government, until he was defeated in a close election in 2003.[2] He also worked as an administrator in the New Hampshire state government, serving as Deputy Labor Commissioner until Commissioner George Copadis was appointed to the Department of Employment Security in July, 2012, at which point Wihby became the interim Commissioner. He stepped down after the Executive Council confirmed James Craig as the permanent commissioner in June, 2013.[3]

Elections

2013

See also: Manchester School District elections (2013)

Results

Manchester School District, At-large General Election, 2-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKathy Staub Incumbent 28.3% 1,323
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDavid M. Wihby Incumbent 28% 1,310
     Nonpartisan Blanks 43.5% 2,035
     Nonpartisan Write-in Votes 0.3% 14
Total Votes 4,682
Source: City of Manchester, New Hampshire, "2013 Municipal General Election - November 5, 2013," accessed November 6, 2013

Funding

Wihby reported no contributions or expenditures to the City of Manchester.[4]

Endorsements

David Wihby has not received any official endorsements for his campaign.

2011

Manchester School District, At-large General Election, 2-year term, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKathy Staub 34.1% 7,108
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDavid M. Wihby 31.9% 6,648
     Nonpartisan Joshua A. Harwood 17.6% 3,673
     Nonpartisan Ross W. Terrio 16.5% 3,432
Total Votes 20,861
Source: City of Manchester, New Hampshire, "2011 Municipal General - November 8, 2011," accessed August 21, 2013

What was at stake?

At-large incumbents Kathy Staub and David M. Wihby sought re-election, as well Sarah S. Ambrogi, Debra G. Langton, Chris Stewart, Ted Rokas, Dan Bergeron, Erika Connors, Arthur J. Beaudry and John B. Avard in their respective wards.[5] Incumbents Roy Shoults, Dave Gelinas, Jason Cooper and Roger Beauchamp did not file for re-election and were replaced by Amy L. Bradley, Ross Terrio, Katie Desrochers and Constance "Connie" VanHouten in Wards 4, 7, 11 and 12, respectively. The only incumbent to be ousted was Dan Bergeron in Ward 6, who was beaten by challenger Robyn M. Dunphy.

District audit

On June 26, 2013, Curriculum Management Systems published its audit of the Manchester School District. The district spent $40,000 to commission the report, which criticized the size of the fifteen-member school board and its two-year terms as causes of instability in the district.[6] The audit states that, "Declining student enrollment, funding reductions, board disharmony, aging school facilities, and disparities in student performance have been long-standing issues facing the district."[7] The auditors acknowledge that, ."..the educational program a student experiences at one school may differ widely from the education a student receives at another school," and recommend that the school board create "written policies, plans, and procedures to provide a foundation for a consistent educational program" across the district.[7] Board member Arthur J. Beaudry did not agree with all of the findings and recommendations in the audit, arguing that, "The board is reluctant to pursue big changes too much because that's seen as micromanaging. So they back up, or at least some board members do."[6]

Common Core

On April 29, 2013, the school board voted to approve an $83,900 contract to train district elementary and middle school teachers in the Common Core standards for English and math.[8] Local education activist Deborah Olszta criticized the vote and Common Core, stating, "Every student in the country is going to be doing same thing at same time. China can do this sort of thing, but in America, this is supposed to be an open and free-thinking society."[8] Debra G. Langton and Arthur J. Beaudry voted against the contract, with Langton questioning the necessity of the contract in light of existing budgetary issues in the district.[8]

About the district

See also: Manchester School District, New Hampshire
Manchester School District is located in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire
Manchester School District is located in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire. The county seats of Hillsborough County are Manchester and Nashua. According to the 2010 US Census, Hillsborough County is home to 402,922 residents.[9]

Demographics

Hillsborough County outperformed the rest of New Hampshire in terms of its poverty rate, median rates of average household income and higher education achievement in 2011. The poverty rate in Hillsborough County was 7.5% compared to 8.0% for the entire state. The median household income in Hillsborough County was $70,591 compared to $64,664 for the state of New Hampshire. The US Census also found that 34.6% of Hillsborough County residents aged 25 years and older attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 33.1% in New Hampshire.[9]

Racial Demographics, 2012[9]
Race Hillsborough County (%) New Hampshire (%)
White 91.9 94.4
African American 2.5 1.4
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 0.3
Asian 3.5 2.4
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.7 1.5
Hispanic or Latino 5.6 3.0

Party Affiliation, 2013[10]
Party New Hampshire Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 239,959 27.35
Republican 265,348 30.23
Undeclared 372,340 42.42




Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100.0%. Each column will add up to 100.0% after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.[11]

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Political offices
Preceded by
George Copadis
New Hampshire Commissioner of Labor
July, 2012-June, 2013
Succeeded by
James Craig