Mark Costa

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Mark Costa
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Board Member, Fall River School Committee, At-large
Incumbent
Term ends
2015
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember, 2005
Next generalNovember, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sBridgewater State College
Military service
Service/branchArmy National Guard
Personal
ProfessionSpecial investigator
Websites
Office website
Mark Costa is an at-large member of the Fall River School Committee. He was first elected to the chamber in 2005 and he won re-election in a general election on November 5, 2013.

Biography

Mark Costa resides in Fall River, Massachusetts. Costa served in the Army National Guard and earned B.S. degree in Psychology from Bridgewater State College. Throughout his career, he has worked with St. Vincent’s Home, the KEY Program Inc., the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, the Massachusetts Probation Department and the Fall River District Court.[1]

Elections

2013

See also: Fall River Public Schools elections (2013)

Opposition

Mark Costa, his fellow incumbents and newcomer Melissa Karam Panchley defeated challengers Russell Desbiens, Lori DeSousa and Dan Robillard to win six at-large seats in the general election on November 5, 2013.

Results

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

Funding

Mark Costa began the race with an existing account balance of $2.38 from his previous campaigns. He reported $2,603.75 in contributions and $1,313.85 in expenditures to the Fall River City Clerk, which left his campaign with $1,292.28 on hand.[2]

Endorsements

Mark Costa received an endorsement for his campaign from The Herald News.[3]

2011

Fall River Public Schools, At-large General Election, 2-year term, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJoseph Martins Incumbent 13% 7,823
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMark Costa Incumbent 12.2% 7,336
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngTimothy McCoy Incumbent 11.2% 6,738
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Hart 11.2% 6,724
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Pavao Incumbent 10.4% 6,251
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Maynard Incumbent 9.5% 5,680
     Nonpartisan Gabriel Andrade 9.1% 5,439
     Nonpartisan Carla Sbardella 8.5% 5,082
     Nonpartisan Robert Tyrrell 8.3% 4,971
     Nonpartisan Louis Melim 6.5% 3,909
Total Votes 59,953
Source: Will Richmond, The Herald News, "Fall River's certified election results see no surprises," November 16, 2011

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.[4]

Demographics

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.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2012[4]
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[5]
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.[6]

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