Maria O. Carrasco

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Maria O. Carrasco
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Board Member, Lynn School Committee, At-large
Incumbent
Term ends
2015
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember, 2007
Next generalNovember, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Education
Associate'sNorth Shore Community College
Personal
ProfessionCase manager
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Maria O. Carrasco campaign logo
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Maria O. Carrasco is an at-large member of the Lynn School Committee. She was first elected to the chamber in 2007 and she won re-election in a general election on November 5, 2013.

Biography

Maria Carrasco resides in Lynn, Massachusetts. Carrasco was born in the Dominican Republic and emigrated to the United States after teaching in her native country for more than fifteen years.[1] She spent her first years in the United States working in a shoe factory and studying English at North Shore Community College, eventually earning her Associate's degree.[1] Following graduation, Carrasco spent eight years as a substance abuse counselor before taking on her current position as a case manager at the North Shore Career Center, which she has held for the last 19 years.[1] She has volunteered with a variety of non-profits, including Operation Bootstrap, the New Lynn Coalition, Lynn United for Change and the Lynn Hispanic Scholarship Fund.[2]

Elections

2013

See also: Lynn Public Schools elections (2013)

Opposition

Maria Carrasco and her fellow incumbents defeated challengers Stanley H. Wotring, Jr., Lorraine Gately and Melissa L. Romaniello to win six at-large seats in the general election on November 5, 2013.

Results

Lynn Public Schools, At-large General Election, 2-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDonna M. Coppola Incumbent 15.4% 7,314
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngPatricia M. Capano Incumbent 13.7% 6,481
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngCharlie N. Gallo Incumbent 13.7% 6,478
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRichard B. Starbard Incumbent 13.3% 6,306
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJohn E. Ford, Jr. Incumbent 12.8% 6,090
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMaria O. Carrasco Incumbent 11.7% 5,554
     Nonpartisan Lorraine Gately 11.5% 5,449
     Nonpartisan Melissa L. Romaniello 4.2% 2,008
     Nonpartisan Stanley H. Wotring, Jr. 3.6% 1,695
     Nonpartisan Write-in 0.1% 71
Total Votes 47,446
Source: City of Lynn, "Election Summary Report: Municipal Election - November 5, 2013, Lynn, MA," accessed December 18, 2013


Lynn Public Schools, At-large Primary Election, 2-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDonna M. Coppola Incumbent 14.6% 3,546
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJohn E. Ford, Jr. Incumbent 13.9% 3,365
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngCharlie N. Gallo Incumbent 13.8% 3,343
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngPatricia M. Capano Incumbent 13.4% 3,245
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRichard B. Starbard Incumbent 13.2% 3,210
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMaria O. Carrasco Incumbent 12.5% 3,031
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLorraine Gately 11.2% 2,725
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMelissa L. Romaniello 4% 959
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngStanley H. Wotring, Jr. 3.2% 780
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.2% 55
Total Votes 24,259
Source: City of Lynn, "Election Summary Report: Primary Election - September 17, 2013," accessed September 20, 2013

Funding

Maria Carrasco began the race with an existing debt of $7,577.28 from her previous campaigns. She reported $4,374.00 in contributions and $3,146.26 in expenditures to the Lynn Elections Office, which left her campaign with $6,349.54 in debt.[3]

Endorsements

Maria Carrasco received official endorsements for her campaign from the North Shore Labor Council, AFSCME Local 1736 union for Lynn school employees, and Neighbor to Neighbor.[1]

2011

Lynn Public Schools, At-large General Election, 2-year term, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRichard B. Starbard Incumbent 14.1% 4,770
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngCharlie N. Gallo 13.8% 4,666
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngPatricia M. Capano Incumbent 12.8% 4,339
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJohn E. Ford, Jr. Incumbent 12.4% 4,199
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDonna M. Coppola Incumbent 12.1% 4,100
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMaria O. Carrasco Incumbent 11.8% 3,971
     Nonpartisan Vincent J. Spirito Incumbent 11.4% 3,851
     Nonpartisan Dolores J. DiFillipo 11.3% 3,810
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.2% 67
Total Votes 33,773
Source: City of Lynn, "Election Summary Report: Municipal Election - November 8, 2011," accessed September 20, 2013

Campaign themes

Carrasco's campaign website listed the following campaign themes for 2013:[1]

"During her time on the School Committee, Maria has worked to prevent youth violence and increase parental involvement. She has demonstrated the ability to communicate with people across the city, and has consistently acted in the best interests of the children."

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


What was at stake?

There were six seats on the school board up for election on November 5, 2013. All six incumbents sought re-election to the board and won, defeating the three challengers: Lorraine Gately, Melissa L. Romaniello and Stanley H. Wotring, Jr. In the September 17 primary, all of the top six vote recipients were incumbents.[4]

About the district

See also: Lynn Public Schools, Massachusetts
Lynn Public Schools is located in Essex County, Massachusetts
Lynn Public Schools is located in Essex County, Massachusetts. The county seats of Essex County are Lawrence and Salem. According to the 2010 US Census, Essex County is home to 755,618 residents.[5]

Demographics

Essex County outperformed the rest of Massachusetts in terms of its poverty rate but under performed with regard to median rates of average household income and higher education achievement in 2011. The median household income in Essex County was $65,785 compared to $65,981 for the state of Massachusetts. The poverty rate in Essex County was 10.6% compared to 10.7% for the entire state. The US Census also found that 36.4% of Essex County residents aged 25 years and older attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 38.7% in Massachusetts.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2012[5]
Race Essex County (%) Massachusetts (%)
White 87.7 83.7
Black or African American 5.7 7.9
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.8 0.5
Asian 3.5 5.8
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 2.1 2.0
Hispanic or Latino 17.4 10.1

Party Affiliation, 2012[6]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 154,655 32.45
Republican 57,470 12.06
Green-Rainbow 439 0.09
Unaffiliated 261,832 54.93
Other 2,266 0.48


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.[7][8]

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