Edward J. McLaughlin

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Edward J. McLaughlin
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Former candidate for
Syracuse Board of Education, At-large
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Syracuse Board of Education
High schoolCorcoran High School
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Navy
Years of service1966-1968
ProfessionBus driver
Edward J. McLaughlin was a candidate for an at-large position on the Syracuse Board of Education. He did not win a seat in the general election on November 5, 2013. McLaughlin previously served on the board from 1998 to 2002.


McLaughlin graduated from Corcoran High School in 1966. He served in the United States Navy from 1966 to 1968. McLaughlin worked as a police detective for 20 years before retirement and currently works as a bus driver for Westhill Central School District. He has children and grandchildren that have attended district schools.[1]



See also: Syracuse City School District elections (2013)


McLaughlin unsuccessfully sought election to the board against incumbent Patricia Body and fellow challengers David Cecile, Derrick L. Dorsey and Barbara E. Humphrey. The Onondaga County Republican Party designated McLaughlin as the lone Republican candidate for the board during a May 18, 2013 vote.[2]


Syracuse City School District, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Cecile 30% 12,336
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPatricia Body Incumbent 23.9% 9,834
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDerrick L. Dorsey 23.4% 9,611
     Republican Edward J. McLaughlin 15% 6,177
     Green Barbara E. Humphrey 7.6% 3,115
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.2% 82
Total Votes 41,155
Source: Information submitted to Ballotpedia through e-mail from the Onondaga County Board of Elections on December 18, 2013.


McLaughlin began the race with an existing account balance of $1,106.09 from his previous campaign. He reported $2,524.00 in contributions and $3,426.92 in expenditures to the New York State Board of Elections, which left his campaign with $203.17 on hand.[3][4]


McLaughlin received the endorsement of the Post-Standard in the 2013 election.[5]


McLaughlin sought election to the board on November 8, 2011 but placed fifth among seven candidates seeking four available seats.

Syracuse City School District, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngMichelle Mignano 18.1% 8,570
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngMax Ruckdeschel 16.6% 7,822
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngBill Bullen 15.9% 7,513
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngStephen Swift 15.9% 7,510
     Republican Edward J. McLaughlin 11.9% 5,636
     Republican Sarah G. Gilbert 10.8% 5,114
     Republican Delilah A. Fiumana 10.8% 5,093
Total Votes 47,258
Source: The Post-Standard, "Election 2011: Onondaga County voting results," November 9, 2011

Campaign themes


Student discipline

During an October 7, 2013 candidate forum, McLaughlin explained his views on disciplinary issues in district schools:[6]

"To have a moratorium on suspensions, that's just ludicrous. You have to have a way to address these issues. Again, (it would be easier) if we had more teachers and more teaching staff. And we must teach this at the early levels, in pre-K and first and second grade - you're not allowed to misbehave."

What was at stake?

Patricia Body was the only incumbent who sought re-election to the board in 2013 with former members Calvin Corriders and Richard Strong not filing for re-election. Body was joined by challengers David Cecile and Derrick L. Dorsey as Democratic candidates, all of whom won. Edward J. McLaughlin ran as a Republican in the November 5, 2013 election while Barbara E. Humphrey received the Green Party nomination. Both lost their election bids.[7]

Academic performance struggles

A major issue facing district schools in 2013 was consistent struggles with academic performance as measured by the New York State Testing Program. Syracuse City School District was measuring at least 20 percentage points below state proficiency averages across grades 3 through 8 and high school for English Language Arts and Mathematics.[8] In August 2012, the Board of Education adopted a five-year plan proposed by Superintendent Sharon Contreras to address this issue by 2017.[9]

About the district

See also: Syracuse City School District, New York
Syracuse City School District is located in Onondaga County, New York
Syracuse School District is based in Onondaga County, which is located in north-central New York. The population of Syracuse was 145,170 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[10]


Syracuse lagged behind state averages for higher education achievement, median income and poverty rate in the 2010 U.S. Census. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (25.9%) exceeded the state average (32.5%). The U.S. Census calculated Syracuse's median income at $31,689 while the state median income was $56,951. Syracuse had a poverty rate of 32.3% in the 2010 U.S. Census while the state rate was 14.5%.[10]

Racial Demographics, 2012[10]
Race Syracuse (%) New York (%)
White 56.0 65.7
Black or African American 29.5 15.9
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.1 0.6
Asian 5.5 7.3
Two or More Races 5.1 3.0
Hispanic or Latino 8.3 17.6

Party Registration, 2012[11]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total Voters
Democratic Party 114,807 37.2
Republican Party 92,634 30.0
Unaffiliated 77,995 25.3
Independent Party 15,494 5.0
Conservative Party 5,019 1.6

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.[12]

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