Ellen P. Gibson

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Ellen P. Gibson
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Board Member, Newton School Committee, Ward 1
Term ends
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Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 5, 2013
Next generalNovember, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sVassar College
J.D.Boston University School of Law
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Ellen P. Gibson is the Ward 1 member of the Newton School Committee. She won the general election on November 5, 2013.


Ellen Gibson resides in Newton, Massachusetts. Gibson earned her B.A. degree in English from Vassar College and her J.D. from Boston University School of Law. During her career, she worked as an assistant editor with Little Brown in New York, as an attorney with Taylor, Anderson and Travers in Boston and as the Director of Human Resources at the Share Group. She left the Share Group and retired in order to spend more time with her family and to volunteer more with her children's schools.[1]



See also: Newton Public Schools elections (2013)


Ellen Gibson ran unopposed for the vacant Ward 1 seat in the general election on November 5, 2013.


Newton Public Schools, Ward 1 General Election, 2-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngEllen P. Gibson 99% 5,705
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 1% 56
Total Votes 5,761
Source: Newton, Massachusetts, "Official Results - November 5, 2013," accessed December 18, 2013


Ellen Gibson reported $4,241.00 in contributions and $3,094.23 in expenditures to the Newton Election Commission, which left her campaign with $1,146.77 on hand.[2]


Ellen Gibson did not receive any official endorsements for her campaign.

Campaign themes

Gibson's campaign website listed the following campaign themes for 2013:[3]

  • Social and Emotional Learning – I will work to ensure that Newton educates the whole child. Social and emotional learning is an integral part of a 21st century education at all grade levels. When we teach students how to navigate the challenges of complex peer relationships, we are teaching them how to learn and work collaboratively; we are teaching them how to be responsible members of a community of learners. These critical social and collaborative skills enable all students to be successful and to access the rigorous academic curriculum that makes Newton one of the best school districts in the Commonwealth.
  • Technology – All Newton schools need to be equipped with 21st century technology. How we fund our technology needs is an important piece of the conversation. Technology does not replace good teachers – it supplements them. I will work for increased and equitable funding for technology across the school system.
  • Facilities – Recent passage of the overrides was a critical and necessary step toward improving our facilities. With plans in place for Angier, Cabot and Zervas, we can now turn our attention to schools like Lincoln-Eliot and others in dire need of improvements.

Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.

What was at stake?

There were eight seats on the school board up for election on November 5, 2013. Five incumbents ran unopposed for re-election, including Angela Pitter-Wright, Diana Fisher Gomberg, Steven Siegel, Matt Hills and Margie Ross Decter. Fellow incumbents Geoff Epstein, Jonathan Yeo and Chairperson Claire Sokoloff did not file for re-election. Newcomers Ellen P. Gibson and Ruth E. Goldman ran unopposed for Epstein and Sokoloff's seats, respectively. The only contested race was in Ward 2 for Yeo's seat, for which Margaret L. Albright defeated Andrea R. Steenstrup.[4]

About the district

See also: Newton Public Schools, Massachusetts
Newton Public Schools is located in Middlesex County, Massachusetts
Newton Public Schools is located in Middlesex County, Massachusetts. The county seats of Middlesex County are Lowell and Cambridge. According to the 2010 US Census, Middlesex County is home to 1,537,215 residents.[5]


Middlesex County outperformed the rest of Massachusetts in terms of its poverty rate, median rates of average household income and higher education achievement in 2011. The poverty rate in Middlesex County was 7.7% compared to 10.7% for the entire state. The median household income in Middlesex County was $79,691 compared to $65,981 for the state of Massachusetts. The US Census also found that 49.8% of Middlesex County residents aged 25 years and older attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 38.7% in Massachusetts.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2012[5]
Race Middlesex County (%) Massachusetts (%)
White 82.3 83.7
Black or African American 5.3 7.9
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 0.5
Asian 10.1 5.8
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 2.0 2.0
Hispanic or Latino 7.0 10.1

Party Affiliation, 2012[6]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 342,112 36.90
Republican 96,970 10.46
Green-Rainbow 1,134 0.12
Unaffiliated 483,119 52.11
Other 3,854 0.42

Note: Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" percentage, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off. Read more about race and ethnicity in the Census here.[7]

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