|Board Member, Fall River School Committee, At-large|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|First elected||November, 2007|
|Next general||November, 2015|
|Bachelor's||Fitchburg State College|
|Service/branch||Air National Guard|
Joseph Martins resides in Fall River, Massachusetts. Martins earned an A.S. degree in Electronic Engineering and a B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering from Northeastern University, along with an M.Ed. degree from Fitchburg State College. He served in the Air National Guard and reached the rank of Major before retiring. Martins spent 39 years as an educator before retiring, spending most of that time working at Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School from 1968 to 2001. He served as an electronics teacher, evening school coordinator, assistant principal and superintendent. He also served as the director of the Newport Area Career and Technical Center from 2001 to 2006 and as a school based coordinator with E3 Academy Providence Public Schools from 2006 to 2007.
Joseph Martins, 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|
Joseph Martins began the race with an existing debt of $1,377.69 from his previous campaigns. He reported $3,060.00 in contributions and $3,695.94 in expenditures to the Fall River City Clerk, which left his campaign with $2,013.63 in debt.
Joseph Martins 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, Martins listed the following campaign themes:
I have been very instrumental in keeping our schools and school governance open to parental involvement and public scrutiny. Students learn best when parents are involved. Governance operates best when the budget is closely watched and decision making is transparent for all to witness.
I want to continue as a School Committee person to move programs forward. Middle schools need career awareness programs to provide relevance to academic subjects. Durfee’s Career Pathways Program needs to meet the implementation standards of Perkins IV Grant to qualify for additional state and federal funding. All Durfee students upon graduation need to have employment skills to obtain a job with a decent rate of pay and medical benefits, and be prepared to enter college if they so choose in careers of their interests.
I highly support partnering with Bristol Community College (BCC) to have college level courses at Durfee High School where all students have equal opportunity to receive college credits towards an Associate Degree.
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.
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- The Herald News, "Meet the candidate: Joseph Martins," October 5, 2011
- Joe Martins - School Committee, "About Joe," accessed November 20, 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
- The Herald News, "Joseph Martins: Candidate for Fall River School Committee," September 16, 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