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Lori DeSousa

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Lori DeSousa
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Former candidate for
Board Member, Fall River School Committee, At-large
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
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Lori DeSousa was a candidate for an at-large seat on the Fall River School Committee. She did not win a seat in the general election on November 5, 2013.



See also: Fall River Public Schools elections (2013)


Lori DeSousa, Russell Desbiens and Dan Robillard were defeated by five incumbents and fellow newcomer Melissa Karam Panchley in their bids 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
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJoseph Martins Incumbent 15.6% 6,484
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMelissa Karam Panchley 15% 6,263
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMark Costa Incumbent 14.4% 5,996
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Hart Incumbent 12.6% 5,240
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngGabriel Andrade Incumbent 12.2% 5,063
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Maynard Incumbent 10.9% 4,543
     Nonpartisan Lori DeSousa 8% 3,352
     Nonpartisan Dan Robillard 7% 2,926
     Nonpartisan Russell Desbiens 4.3% 1,797
Total Votes 41,664
Source: Jo C. Goode, The Herald News, "No changes in order following release of official Fall River election results," November 13, 2013


Lori DeSousa reported no contributions or expenditures to the Fall River City Clerk.[1]


Lori DeSousa did not receive any endorsements for her campaign.

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
Fall River Public Schools is located in Bristol County, Massachusetts
Fall River Public Schools is located in Bristol County, Massachusetts. The county seat of Bristol County is Taunton. According to the 2010 US Census, Bristol County is home to 551,082 residents.[2]


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.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2012[2]
Race Bristol County (%) Massachusetts (%)
White 91.1 83.7
Black or African American 4.3 7.9
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.6 0.5
Asian 2.1 5.8
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.8 2.0
Hispanic or Latino 6.4 10.1

Party Affiliation, 2012[3]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 123,044 36.43
Republican 34,914 10.34
Green-Rainbow 320 0.09
Unaffiliated 177,632 52.60
Other 1,800 0.53

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, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[4] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

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