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John L. Foley

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John L. Foley
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Board Member, Worcester School Committee, At-large
Incumbent
Term ends
2015
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember, 1999
Next generalNovember, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolAuburn Senior High School
Bachelor'sDartmouth College
Personal
ProfessionCollege administrator
Websites
Office website
John L. Foley is an at-large member of the Worcester School Committee. He was first elected to the chamber in 1999 and he won re-election in a general election on November 5, 2013.

Biography

John Foley resides in Worcester, Massachusetts. Foley graduated from Auburn Senior High School before receiving his Bachelor's degree in Government from Dartmouth College in 1975.[1][2] He is employed as the vice president of government and community affairs and campus services for Clark University, and he serves on the university's board of trustees.[1]

Elections

2013

See also: Worcester Public Schools elections (2013)

Opposition

John Foley won re-election against eight other candidates to one of six at-large seats in the general election on November 5, 2013.

Results

Worcester Public Schools, At-large General Election, 2-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBrian A. O'Connell Incumbent 15.3% 8,146
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJohn L. Foley Incumbent 13.9% 7,385
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJohn F. Monfredo Incumbent 12.2% 6,465
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDianna Biancheria Incumbent 11.9% 6,305
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngTracy A. O'Connell Novick Incumbent 11.8% 6,247
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngHilda Ramirez 11.4% 6,053
     Nonpartisan Donna M. Colorio Incumbent 10.6% 5,654
     Nonpartisan Robert J. Cohane 7.5% 3,981
     Nonpartisan Douglas F. Arbetter 5.5% 2,908
Total Votes 53,144
Source: Worcester, Massachusetts, "Election Summary, Municipal Election," accessed December 18, 2013

Funding

John Foley began the race with an existing account balance of $787.71 from his previous campaigns. He reported $2,445.00 in contributions and $686.00 in expenditures to the Worcester Election Commission, which left his campaign with $2,546.71 on hand.[3]

Endorsements

John Foley received endorsements for his campaign from the Educational Association of Worcester, the Worcester Telegram & Gazette and Worcester Magazine.[4][5][6]

2011

Worcester Public Schools, At-large General Election, 2-year term, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBrian A. O'Connell Incumbent 13.3% 9,074
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJohn L. Foley Incumbent 13.3% 9,065
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDianna L. Biancheria Incumbent 12.1% 8,258
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJohn F. Monfredo Incumbent 11.1% 7,565
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngTracy A. O'Connell Novick Incumbent 10.3% 6,974
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDonna M. Colorio 10% 6,768
     Nonpartisan Mary J. Mullaney Incumbent 9.9% 6,735
     Nonpartisan Hilda Ramirez 8.6% 5,830
     Nonpartisan Todd Mark Salmonsen 6.2% 4,220
     Nonpartisan John A. Trobaugh 5.1% 3,486
Total Votes 67,975
Source: Worcester, Massachusetts, "Election Summary, Municipal Election," accessed September 25, 2013

Campaign themes

During a candidate forum held on September 25, Foley criticized a proposal made by Donna M. Colorio to open an exam school in the district for high-performing students. He argued that exam schools do not tend to confer significant benefits to enrolled students, especially in comparison to the cost of the school. Foley added that transferring high-performing students to an exam school would also harm the schools from which they transferred.[7]

What was at stake?

There were six seats on the school board up for election on November 5, 2013. All six incumbents sought re-election to the board and faced three challengers. Hilda Ramirez made an unsuccessful bid for a board seat in 2011, while Douglas F. Arbetter and Robert J. Cohane are newcomers.

About the district

See also: Worcester Public Schools, Massachusetts
Worcester Public Schools is located in Worcester County, Massachusetts
Worcester Public Schools is located in Worcester County, Massachusetts. The county seat of Worcester County is Worcester. According to the 2010 US Census, Worcester County is home to 806,163 residents.[8]

Demographics

Worcester County outperformed the rest of Massachusetts in terms of poverty rates but under performed in terms of median rates of average household income and higher education achievement in 2011. The median household income in Worcester County was $65,772 compared to $65,981 for the state of Massachusetts. The poverty rate in Worcester County was 9.9% compared to 10.7% for the entire state. The US Census also found that 33.3% of Worcester County residents aged 25 years and older attained a bachelor's degree compared to 38.7% in Massachusetts.[8]

Racial Demographics, 2012[8]
Race Worcester County (%) Massachusetts (%)
White 88.4 83.7
Black or African American 5.0 7.9
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 0.5
Asian 4.3 5.8
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.9 2.0
Hispanic or Latino 9.8 10.1

Party Affiliation, 2012[9]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 145,412 29.28
Republican 63,915 12.87
Green-Rainbow 610 0.12
Unaffiliated 283,943 57.18
Other 2,686 0.54


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