James D. Leary

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James D. Leary
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Current candidacy
Running for Massachusetts House of Representatives, Eighteenth Middlesex District
General electionNovember 4, 2014
Current office
Board Member, Lowell School Committee, At-large
Term ends
2015
Compensation
Base salary$3,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember, 2007
Next generalNovember, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sWestfield State University
OtherDean College
Personal
ProfessionSmall business owner
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
James D. Leary is an at-large member of the Lowell School Committee. He was first elected to the chamber in 2007 and he won re-election in a general election on November 5, 2013. Leary is a 2014 Democratic candidate for the Eighteenth Middlesex District of the Massachusetts House of Representatives.[1]

Biography

James Leary resides in Lowell, Massachusetts. Leary attended Dean College before graduating from Westfield State University with a B.A. degree in 1990.[2] He began his career as a claims manager for Fresenius Medical Care before founding JDL Insurance Consultants in 2003.[2] In addition, Leary began working for York/Energi as a claims manager in December, 2012.[2]

Elections

2014

See also: Massachusetts House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Massachusetts House of Representatives will consist of a primary election on September 9, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 3, 2014. Brian Donovan, Jim Leary, Rady Mom and David Ouellette are running in the Democratic primary.

2013

See also: Lowell Public Schools elections (2013)

Opposition

James D. Leary won re-election against six other candidates to one of six at-large seats in the general election on November 5, 2013.

Results

Lowell Public Schools, At-large General Election, 2-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJames D. Leary Incumbent 15.9% 6,418
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDavid J. Conway Incumbent 15.8% 6,366
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSteven Gendron 15.8% 6,365
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngConnie A. Martin Incumbent 13.7% 5,518
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKimberly A. Scott Incumbent 13.4% 5,385
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKristin Ross-Sitawich Incumbent 13.1% 5,262
     Nonpartisan Robert J. Gignac Incumbent 12.1% 4,881
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.2% 64
Total Votes 40,259
Source: The City of Lowell, "2013 Municipal Election Results (*Official*)," accessed December 18, 2013

Funding

James D. Leary began the race with an existing debt of $2,944.00 from his previous campaigns. He reported $4,083.00 in contributions and $4,325.00 in expenditures to the Lowell Election and Census Office, which left his campaign with $3,186.00 in debt.[3]

Endorsements

James D. Leary received an endorsement for his campaign from the Lowell Sun.[4]

2011

Lowell Public Schools, At-large General Election, 2-year term, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKimberly A. Scott 15% 5,104
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKristin Ross-Sitcawich 14.4% 4,904
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDavid J. Conway Incumbent 14.1% 4,808
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJames D. Leary Incumbent 13.4% 4,543
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRobert J. Gignac 11.7% 3,970
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngConnie A. Martin Incumbent 10.7% 3,635
     Nonpartisan Jaqueline Doherty Incumbent 10.5% 3,556
     Nonpartisan Alison Laraba Incumbent 10.1% 3,419
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.1% 49
Total Votes 33,988
Source: City of Lowell Election and Census Office, "2011 Municipal Election Results," accessed September 16, 2013

2009

Lowell Public Schools, At-large General Election, 2-year term, 2009
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDavid J. Conway Incumbent 15.9% 7,355
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJohn J. Leahy Incumbent 15.7% 7,275
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJaqueline Doherty Incumbent 15.5% 7,179
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJames D. Leary Incumbent 15.3% 7,095
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAlison Laraba 15% 6,942
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngConnie A. Martin Incumbent 14.7% 6,825
     Nonpartisan Regina M. Faticanti Incumbent 7.7% 3,585
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.2% 88
Total Votes 46,344
Source: City of Lowell Election and Census Office, "2009 Municipal Election Results," accessed September 16, 2013

What was at stake?

There were six seats on the school board up for election on November 5, 2013. Incumbents David J. Conway, Robert J. Gignac, James D. Leary, Connie A. Martin, Kristin Ross-Sitcawich and Kimberly A. Scott sought re-election to the board. They faced a single challenger, Steven Gendron. Gendron ended up coming in second place, with Gignac losing his spot on the board.[5]

About the district

See also: Lowell Public Schools, Massachusetts
Lowell Public Schools is located in Middlesex County, Massachusetts
Lowell 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.[6]

Demographics

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.[6]

Racial Demographics, 2012[6]
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[7]
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: 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.[8]

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