|Board Member, Worcester School Committee, At-large|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|First elected||November, 2009|
|Next general||November, 2015|
|High school||North High School|
|Profession||Assistant director of resident services|
Dianna Biancheria resides in Worcester, Massachusetts. Biancheria graduated from North High School and began her career working for a bank in Worcester, eventually rising to the position of assistant vice president. In her career, she has also served as the chief of staff for then-Mayor Raymond V. Mariano and as the school-to-career partnership coordinator for Worcester Public Schools for eight years. She is currently the assistant director for resident services at the Worcester Housing Authority. In 2012, Biancheria unsuccessfully campaigned for the Fifteenth Worcester District seat in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, but she lost in the Democratic primary to Mary S. Keefe.
Dianna Biancheria 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|
Dianna Biancheria began the race with an existing account balance of $876.93 from her previous campaign. She reported $2,800.00 in contributions and $1,236.17 in expenditures to the Worcester Election Commission, which left her campaign with $2,440.76 on hand.
Biancheria ran in the 2012 election for the Massachusetts House of Representatives Fifteenth Worcester District. She ran against Ralph Perez, Mary S. Keefe, Kate Toomey and Frank Beshai in the Democratic primary on September 6, and came in second with 30% of the vote.
|Massachusetts House of Representatives, Fifteenth Worcester District Democratic Primary, 2012|
|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, 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, 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.
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- Vote Dianna Biancheria, "Meet Dianna," accessed September 25, 2013
- Worcester Telegram & Gazette, "Biancheria seeking 2nd term on board," October 26, 2011
- AP, "Massachusetts - Summary Vote Results," accessed September 6, 2012
- 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
- 2012 State Primary Candidate List, "Massachusetts Secretary of State," accessed June 26, 2012
- Massachusetts Secretary of State, "Official 2012 Primary Results," accessed September 6, 2012
- 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