Douglas F. Arbetter
|Douglas F. Arbetter|
|Board Member, Worcester School Committee, At-large|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|High school||Doherty Memorial High School|
Douglas Arbetter resides in Worcester, Massachusetts. Arbetter graduated from Doherty Memorial High School in 2009 and is currently a senior at George Washington University, studying International Affairs with a concentration in Global Public Health. He has interned with both Congressman Jim McGovern's office and the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance.
Douglas Arbetter ran unsuccessfully against eight other candidates for 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|
Douglas Arbetter reported $2,250.00 in contributions and $2,128.09 in expenditures to the Worcester Election Commission, which left his campaign with $121.91 on hand.
Douglas Arbetter received an endorsement for his campaign from the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund.
Arbetter's campaign website listed the following campaign themes for 2013:
ENCOURAGE, NOT DISCOURAGE
It is important that students are being encouraged, not discouraged from taking a rigorous course load. Many students who do not qualify for reduced Advanced Placement (AP) Exam fees often have to make the decision to not take as many AP courses as they would like because of the financial burden the exams have on their families ($89/exam). This means that our students can not be as competitive as they could be applying to college. Therefore, the Worcester Public Schools, in partnership with the Worcester Educational Development Foundation should provide funding opportunities for qualified students taking three or more AP exams in a single academic year.
MAKE STUDENTS MORE PREPARED AND MORE COMPETITIVE
Expand High School Social Science Curriculum
Expand Nontraditional Learning Opportunities for High School Students
Expand the World Language Program
END THE BLAME GAME
Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.
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 100.0%. Each column will add up to 100.0% after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.
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- Doug Arbetter for Worcester School Committee, "About Doug," accessed September 26, 2013
- Worcester, Massachusetts, "Campaign Finance Filings," accessed December 23, 2013
- Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund, "Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund Endorses Morris Bergman for Worcester City Council At-Large, Doug Arbetter for Worcester School Committee," October 9, 2013
- Doug Arbetter for Worcester School Committee, "My Plan," accessed September 26, 2013
- 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