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Kerri Kelleher

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Kerri Kelleher
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Former candidate for
Board member, Cranston Board of Education, At-large
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Last electionNovember 4, 2014
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Kerri Kelleher was a candidate for the at-large seat on the Cranston Public Schools Board of Education in Rhode Island. The general election was held on November 4, 2014.



See also: Cranston Public Schools elections (2014)


Seven seats on the Cranston Board of Education were up for general election on November 4, 2014. In the at-large race, incumbent Michael A. Traficante ran against Kerri Kelleher. Incumbent Jeffery K. Gale was unopposed in District 1. Newcomer Edward R. Angilly and incumbent Stephanie Giangrande Cuhlane faced off for the District 2 seat. In District 3, Domenic F. Fusco, Jr. ran against Richard R. Tomlins. Incumbent Trent M. Colford, Sr. was unopposed for re-election to the District 4 seat. In District 5, newcomer Jonathan J. Keith challenged incumbent Janice Ruggieri. Newcomers Jay A. Rosenfield and Daniel R. Wall competed for the District 6 seat.


Cranston Public Schools, At-Large General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMichael A. Traficante Incumbent 54.2% 12,778
     Nonpartisan Kerri Kelleher 45.5% 10,723
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.4% 88
Total Votes 23,589
Source: State of Rhode Island Board of Elections, "General Election Results," accessed December 29, 2014

About the district

See also: Cranston Public Schools, Rhode Island
Cranston Public Schools is located in Providence County, Rhode Island
Cranston Public Schools is located in Providence County, Rhode Island. The county seat of Providence County is Providence. Providence County is home to 628,600 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[1] In the 2011-2012 school year, Cranston Public Schools was the second-largest school district in Rhode Island and served 10,683 students.[2]


Providence County underperformed in comparison to the rest of Rhode Island in terms of higher education achievement in 2013. The United States Census Bureau found that 25.9 percent of Providence County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 30.8 percent for Rhode Island as a whole. The median household income in Providence County was $49,213 compared to $56,102 for the state of Rhode Island. The poverty rate in Providence County was 16.5 percent compared to 13.2 percent for the entire state.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2013[1]
Race Providence County (%) Rhode Island (%)
White 80.4 85.6
Black or African American 11.1 7.5
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.2 0.9
Asian 4.2 3.3
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.2 0.2
Two or More Races 2.9 2.5
Hispanic or Latino 20.3 13.6

Providence County Presidential Voting Pattern[3]
Year Democratic vote Republican vote
2012 43,617 7,282
2008 46,276 8,548
2004 35,917 9,787
2000 10,190 7,669

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[4][5]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 United States Census Bureau, "Providence County, Rhode Island," accessed September 3, 2014
  2. National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed February 18, 2014
  3. Rhode Island State Board of Elections, "Election Results," accessed September 3, 2014
  4. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  5. 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. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.