Maria O. Carrasco
|Maria O. Carrasco|
|Board Member, Lynn School Committee, At-large|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|First elected||November, 2007|
|Next general||November, 2015|
|Associate's||North Shore Community College|
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. 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. 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. 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.
- See also: Lynn Public Schools elections (2013)
|Lynn Public Schools, At-large General Election, 2-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Donna M. Coppola Incumbent||15.4%||7,314|
|Nonpartisan||Patricia M. Capano Incumbent||13.7%||6,481|
|Nonpartisan||Charlie N. Gallo Incumbent||13.7%||6,478|
|Nonpartisan||Richard B. Starbard Incumbent||13.3%||6,306|
|Nonpartisan||John E. Ford, Jr. Incumbent||12.8%||6,090|
|Nonpartisan||Maria O. Carrasco Incumbent||11.7%||5,554|
|Nonpartisan||Melissa L. Romaniello||4.2%||2,008|
|Nonpartisan||Stanley H. Wotring, Jr.||3.6%||1,695|
|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|
|Nonpartisan||Donna M. Coppola Incumbent||14.6%||3,546|
|Nonpartisan||John E. Ford, Jr. Incumbent||13.9%||3,365|
|Nonpartisan||Charlie N. Gallo Incumbent||13.8%||3,343|
|Nonpartisan||Patricia M. Capano Incumbent||13.4%||3,245|
|Nonpartisan||Richard B. Starbard Incumbent||13.2%||3,210|
|Nonpartisan||Maria O. Carrasco Incumbent||12.5%||3,031|
|Nonpartisan||Melissa L. Romaniello||4%||959|
|Nonpartisan||Stanley H. Wotring, Jr.||3.2%||780|
|Source: City of Lynn, "Election Summary Report: Primary Election - September 17, 2013," accessed September 20, 2013|
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.
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.
|Lynn Public Schools, At-large General Election, 2-year term, 2011|
|Nonpartisan||Richard B. Starbard Incumbent||14.1%||4,770|
|Nonpartisan||Charlie N. Gallo||13.8%||4,666|
|Nonpartisan||Patricia M. Capano Incumbent||12.8%||4,339|
|Nonpartisan||John E. Ford, Jr. Incumbent||12.4%||4,199|
|Nonpartisan||Donna M. Coppola Incumbent||12.1%||4,100|
|Nonpartisan||Maria O. Carrasco Incumbent||11.8%||3,971|
|Nonpartisan||Vincent J. Spirito Incumbent||11.4%||3,851|
|Nonpartisan||Dolores J. DiFillipo||11.3%||3,810|
|Source: City of Lynn, "Election Summary Report: Municipal Election - November 8, 2011," accessed September 20, 2013|
Carrasco's campaign website listed the following campaign themes for 2013:
"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.
About the district
- See also: Lynn Public Schools, Massachusetts
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.
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.
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- Re-Elect Maria Carrasco - Member of the Lynn School Committee, "About Maria," accessed September 20, 2013
- Facebook, "About," accessed September 20, 2013
- City of Lynn, "Campaign Finance Report Archive | 2013 - 2010," accessed December 20, 2013
- City of Lynn, "Election Summary Report: Primary Election - September 17, 2013," accessed September 20, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Essex County, Massachusetts," accessed August 7, 2013
- Massachusetts Secretary of State, “Enrollment Breakdown as of 2/15/2012,” accessed August 7, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- 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.