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Kyle Donahue

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Kyle Donahue
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Scranton Board of Education, At-large
Term ends
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sTemplate University
ProfessionPolitical consultant
ReligionRoman Catholic
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Kyle Donahue is an at-large member of the Scranton Board of Education. He won the election to an unexpired two-year term against Republican incumbent Bob Lesh on November 5, 2013.


Donahue graduated from Temple University with a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and Public Communication. He has worked as a political consultant for candidates ranging from former board member Sean O'Shea to former Senator and current Vice President Joe Biden.[1]



See also: Scranton School District elections (2013)


Donahue ran for an unexpired two-year term on the board against incumbent Bob Lesh.


Scranton School District, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngKyle Donahue 62.2% 8,977
     Republican Bob Lesh Incumbent 37.4% 5,390
Total Votes 14,423
Source: Lackawanna County, "Certified Election Results," accessed December 14, 2013]

Campaign finance

Donahue reported no contributions or expenditures to the Pennsylvania Secretary of State.[2]


Donahue had not received any published endorsements in the 2013 election.

What was at stake?

Incumbents Cy Douaihy, Bob Lesh and Bob Sheridan sought re-election to full terms on the board. They were joined by Robert Casey, Mark McAndrew and Carol Oleski in pursing four available seats on November 5, 2013. Voters also filled an unexpired two-year term left by the resignation of Sean O'Shea in April due to obligations in the Pennsylvania National Guard. The Lackawanna County Democratic Party selected Donahue as their candidate for the seat in September. Bob Lesh also pursued the unexpired term as the Republican candidate.[3]

Federal lawsuit by suspended principal

On October 25, 2013, suspended Robert Morris Elementary principal Gwendolyn Damiano filed a lawsuit in federal court against the district claiming deprivation of her right to due process. Damiano was suspended by the district on July 3, 2013 due to allegations that she failed to adequately oversee administration of state standardized tests in the school. The district was under investigation by the Pennsylvania Department of Education as cheating allegations clouded local schools. District officials suspended four teachers and recommended the firing of another teacher related to these investigations. The Board of Education overturned these suspensions and prevented the firing.[4]

Her lawsuit claims that the district failed to provide a timely appeal of her suspension due to the upcoming school board election. Damiano's lawsuit accuses five board members including Cy Douaihy, Bob Lesh and Bob Sheridan of delaying her September 19, 2013 appeal hearing to avoid embarrassment ahead of the election. The board held three preliminary hearings in August and early September but canceled the September 19 hearing without rescheduling the meeting.[4]

About the district

See also: Scranton School District, Pennsylvania
Scranton School District is located in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania
Scranton School District serves K-12 students in Scranton, the county seat of Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania. Scranton had a population of 76,089 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[5]


Scranton lagged behind state rates for higher education achievement, median income and poverty according to the 2010 U.S. Census. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old (19.2%) was lower than the state average (26.7%). The 2010 U.S. Census calculated a median income of $36,968 in Scranton and $51,651 in the state of Pennsylvania. Scranton had a poverty rate of 20.4% in 2010 while Pennsylvania's poverty rate was 12.6%.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2012[5]
Race Scranton (%) Pennsylvania (%)
White 84.1 81.9
Black or African American 5.5 10.8
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.2 0.2
Asian 3 2.7
Two or More Races 2.5 1.9
Hispanic or Latino 9.9 5.7

Party Affiliation, 2013[6]
Party Registered voters, Lackawanna County  % of Total
Republican 38,440 26.2
Democratic 95,036 64.8
Libertarian 529 0.4
Other 12,600 8.6

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