Ellen P. Gibson
|Ellen P. Gibson|
|Board Member, Newton School Committee, Ward 1|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|First elected||November 5, 2013|
|Next general||November, 2015|
|J.D.||Boston University School of Law|
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.
- 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|
|Nonpartisan||Ellen P. Gibson||99%||5,705|
|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.
Ellen Gibson did not receive any official endorsements for her campaign.
Gibson's campaign website listed the following campaign themes for 2013:
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.
About the district
- See also: Newton Public Schools, Massachusetts
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.
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.
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- Ellen Gibson - School Committee, "About Ellen Panarese Gibson," accessed November 19, 2013
- Newton, Massachusetts, "Form CPF M 102: Campaign Finance Report," accessed November 19, 2013
- Ellen Gibson - School Committee, "Home," accessed November 19, 2013
- Trevor Jones, Wicked Local Newton, "Newton picks Crossley, Yates, Leary, Norton and Albright," November 5, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Middlesex County, Massachusetts," accessed September 10, 2013
- Massachusetts Secretary of State, "Enrollment Breakdown as of 2/15/2012," accessed September 10, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014