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Margaret L. Albright

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Margaret L. Albright
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Board Member, Newton School Committee, Ward 2
Term ends
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 5, 2013
Next generalNovember, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Master'sNortheastern University
Campaign website
Margaret L. Albright is the Ward 2 member of the Newton School Committee. She won the general election on November 5, 2013.


Margaret Albright resides in Newton, Massachusetts. Albright received a Bachelor's degree in Music before earning an M.B.A. from Northeastern University. She has worked in several different fields, including arts management, technology and public broadcasting. Albright is currently employed as a consultant with several area non-profits that are involved in education, social services and public health. Along with serving on the Education Committee of the Newton League of Women Voters, she co-founded NewtonSTEM to promote STEM education in the school district.[1]



See also: Newton Public Schools elections (2013)


Margaret Albright defeated fellow newcomer Andrea R. Steenstrup for the vacant Ward 2 seat in the general election on November 5, 2013.


Newton Public Schools, Ward 2 General Election, 2-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMargaret L. Albright 52.6% 5,107
     Nonpartisan Andrea R. Steenstrup 47.2% 4,585
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.2% 19
Total Votes 9,711
Source: Newton, Massachusetts, "Official Results - November 5, 2013," accessed December 18, 2013


Margaret Albright reported $3,919.15 in contributions along with an existing balance of $242.50 and $1,370.70 in expenditures along with $763.84 in outstanding liabilities to the Newton Election Commission, which left her campaign with $2,027.11 on hand.[2]


Margaret Albright received an endorsements for her campaign from the Newton TAB.[3]


Newton Public Schools, Ward 2 General Election, 2-year term, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJonathan Yeo Incumbent 64.5% 5,488
     Nonpartisan Margaret L. Albright 35.4% 3,016
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0% 4
Total Votes 8,508
Source: Newton, Massachusetts, "City of Newton November 8, 2011 Municipal Election Official Results," accessed November 19, 2013

Campaign themes

Albright's campaign website listed the following campaign themes for 2013:[4]

1. Provide the right instructional support for our teachers and students
2. Increase our investments in early learning
3. Cut fees on the arts and improve our support for out of school activities
4. Accelerate our investments in STEM education
5. Reinforce the progress on facilities
6. Manage our budget to maximize educational outcomes
7. Improve communications

Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.

What was at stake?

There were eight seats on the school board up for election on November 5, 2013. Five incumbents ran unopposed for re-election, including Angela Pitter-Wright, Diana Fisher Gomberg, Steven Siegel, Matt Hills and Margie Ross Decter. Fellow incumbents Geoff Epstein, Jonathan Yeo and Chairperson Claire Sokoloff did not file for re-election. Newcomers Ellen P. Gibson and Ruth E. Goldman ran unopposed for Epstein and Sokoloff's seats, respectively. The only contested race was in Ward 2 for Yeo's seat, for which Margaret L. Albright defeated Andrea R. Steenstrup.[5]

About the district

See also: Newton Public Schools, Massachusetts
Newton Public Schools is located in Middlesex County, Massachusetts
Newton Public Schools is located in Middlesex County, Massachusetts. The county seats of Middlesex County are Lowell and Cambridge. According to the 2010 US Census, Middlesex County is home to 1,537,215 residents.[6]


Middlesex County outperformed the rest of Massachusetts in terms of its poverty rate, median rates of average household income and higher education achievement in 2011. The poverty rate in Middlesex County was 7.7% compared to 10.7% for the entire state. The median household income in Middlesex County was $79,691 compared to $65,981 for the state of Massachusetts. The US Census also found that 49.8% of Middlesex County residents aged 25 years and older attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 38.7% in Massachusetts.[6]

Racial Demographics, 2012[6]
Race Middlesex County (%) Massachusetts (%)
White 82.3 83.7
Black or African American 5.3 7.9
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 0.5
Asian 10.1 5.8
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 2.0 2.0
Hispanic or Latino 7.0 10.1

Party Affiliation, 2012[7]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 342,112 36.90
Republican 96,970 10.46
Green-Rainbow 1,134 0.12
Unaffiliated 483,119 52.11
Other 3,854 0.42

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.[8] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

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