Denise M. Hurst
|Denise M. Hurst|
|Board Member, Springfield School Committee, At-large|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|First elected||November 3, 2009|
|High school||Springfield Central High School|
|Bachelor's||University of Massachusetts, Amherst|
|Master's||Springfield College School of Social Work|
|Profession||Quality improvement manager|
Denise Hurst resides in Springfield, Massachusetts. Hurst graduated from Springfield Central High School before earning her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and her M.S.W. from the Springfield College School of Social Work. She began her career as a victim/witness advocate for the Hampden County district attorney’s office. Hurst has held positions as a child protection worker for the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, a child protective supervisor overseas in London, a crisis clinician, an independent therapist, an adjunct professor at Holyoke Community College and a child/adolescent case management supervisor. She currently serves as a quality improvement manager for the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health and as vice president of MotherWoman, Inc.
Denise Hurst ran against fellow incumbent Antonette E. Pepe and challengers Calvin McFadden and Brenden J. Hammerle in her attempt to win one of two at-large seats in the general election on November 5, 2013. She won, receiving the most votes for the at-large seat.
|Springfield Public Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Denise M. Hurst Incumbent||37.7%||6,329|
|Nonpartisan||Antonette E. Pepe Incumbent||29.6%||4,971|
|Source: City of Springfield, Massachusetts, "Springfield Vote Counts: Nov. 5 City Election Night Results," accessed December 18, 2013|
Denise Hurst began the race with an existing debt of $6,114.49 from her previous campaign. She reported $10,810.78 in contributions and $10,805.49 in expenditures to the Office of Campaign and Political Finance, which left her campaign with $6,109.20 in debt.
Denise Hurst did not receive any official endorsements for her campaign.
|Springfield Public Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2009|
|Nonpartisan||Antonette E. Pepe Incumbent||50.8%||12,278|
|Nonpartisan||Denise M. Hurst||48.5%||11,721|
|Source: Springfield, Massachusetts, "November 3, 2009 Municipal Election Returns," accessed September 24, 2013|
Hurst's campaign website listed the following campaign themes for 2013:
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What was at stake?
There were six seats on the school board up for election on November 5, 2013. All six incumbents sough 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, however McFadden edged out Pepe for the seat. 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 districtHampden County, Massachusetts. The county seat of Hampden County is Springfield. According to the 2010 US Census, Hampden County is home to 465,923 residents.
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.
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 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.
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- Jack Flynn, The Republican, "Springfield School Committee member Denise Rosemond-Hurst seeks 2nd term," August 22, 2013
- Re-elect Denise Hurst - Springfield School Committee, "Who is School Committeewoman Denise M. Hurst?" accessed September 24, 2013
- Facebook, "About," accessed September 24, 2013
- Springfield, Massachusetts, "OCPF Information," accessed December 20, 2013
- Re-elect Denise Hurst - Springfield School Committee, "My Service…" acccessed September 24, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Hampden County, Massachusetts," accessed September 23, 2013
- Massachusetts Secretary of State, “Enrollment Breakdown as of 2/15/2012,” accessed September 23, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
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