|Board Member, Fall River School Committee, At-large|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|First elected||November 5, 2013|
|Next general||November, 2015|
|Appointed||January 28, 2013|
|Appointed by||Fall River School Committee|
|High school||Prevost High School|
|Profession||Retired guidance counselor|
Gabriel Andrade resides in Fall River, Massachusetts. Andrade graduated from Prevost High School before earning his B.A. degree in Psychology from Boston College and his M.B.A. with a concentration in Public Service from Bryant College. He spent a 30 year career employed as a guidance counselor with Fall River Public Schools at B.M.C. Durfee High School until he retired in 2007.
Gabriel Andrade, his fellow incumbents and newcomer Melissa Karam Panchley defeated challengers Russell Desbiens, Lori DeSousa and Dan Robillard to win six at-large seats in the general election on November 5, 2013.
|Fall River Public Schools, At-large General Election, 2-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Joseph Martins Incumbent||15.6%||6,484|
|Nonpartisan||Melissa Karam Panchley||15%||6,263|
|Nonpartisan||Mark Costa Incumbent||14.4%||5,996|
|Nonpartisan||Paul Hart Incumbent||12.6%||5,240|
|Nonpartisan||Gabriel Andrade Incumbent||12.2%||5,063|
|Nonpartisan||Robert Maynard Incumbent||10.9%||4,543|
|Source: Jo C. Goode, The Herald News, "No changes in order following release of official Fall River election results," November 13, 2013|
Gabriel Andrade began the race with an existing debt of $1,632.43 from his previous campaign. He reported $5,395.00 in contributions and $2,871.96 in expenditures to the Fall River City Clerk, which left his campaign with $890.61 on hand.
Gabriel Andrade received an endorsement for his campaign from The Herald News.
|Fall River Public Schools, At-large General Election, 2-year term, 2011|
|Nonpartisan||Joseph Martins Incumbent||13%||7,823|
|Nonpartisan||Mark Costa Incumbent||12.2%||7,336|
|Nonpartisan||Timothy McCoy Incumbent||11.2%||6,738|
|Nonpartisan||Richard Pavao Incumbent||10.4%||6,251|
|Nonpartisan||Robert Maynard Incumbent||9.5%||5,680|
|Source: Will Richmond, The Herald News, "Fall River's certified election results see no surprises," November 16, 2011|
In an interview with The Herald News, Andrade listed the following campaign themes:
Some of my priorities are to attempt to lower class sizes in the elementary grades, to institute career activities at all grade levels to help draw a connection between school and work, to improve the discipline in our schools, and to improve the morale and decrease the turnover among our teaching staff.
What was at stake?
There were six seats on the school board up for election on November 5, 2013. Five of the six incumbents ran successfully for re-election, including Joseph Martins, Mark Costa, Paul Hart, Gabriel Andrade and Robert Maynard. Fellow incumbent Richard Pavao did not file for re-election. They were challenged by four candidates, including Melissa Karam Panchley, Russell Desbiens, Lori DeSousa and Dan Robillard.
About the district
- See also: Fall River Public Schools, Massachusetts
Bristol County underperformed in comparison to the rest of Massachusetts in terms of its median rates of average household income, poverty rate and higher education achievement in 2011. The median household income in Bristol County was $55,813 compared to $65,981 for the state of Massachusetts. The poverty rate in Bristol County was 11.3% compared to 10.7% for the entire state. The US Census also found that 25.1% of Bristol 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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- The Herald News, "Gabriel T. Andrade: Candidate for Fall River School Committee," September 16, 2013
- City of Fall River, Massachusetts, "Campaign Finance Reports," accessed December 23, 2013
- The Herald News, "Our View: HN's endorsements for Fall River School Committee," accessed November 18, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Bristol County, Massachusetts," accessed November 18, 2013
- Massachusetts Secretary of State, "Enrollment Breakdown as of 2/15/2012," accessed November 18, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014