|Board Member, Fall River School Committee, At-large|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|First elected||November, 2005|
|Next general||November, 2015|
|Bachelor's||Bridgewater State College|
|Service/branch||Army National Guard|
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.
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.
|Fall River Public Schools, At-large General Election, 2-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Joseph Martins Incumbent||15.6%||6,484|
|Nonpartisan||Melissa Karam Panchley||15%||6,263|
|Nonpartisan||Mark Costa Incumbent||14.4%||5,996|
|Nonpartisan||Paul Hart Incumbent||12.6%||5,240|
|Nonpartisan||Gabriel Andrade Incumbent||12.2%||5,063|
|Nonpartisan||Robert Maynard Incumbent||10.9%||4,543|
|Source: Jo C. Goode, The Herald News, "No changes in order following release of official Fall River election results," November 13, 2013|
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.
Mark Costa received an endorsement for his campaign from The Herald News.
|Fall River Public Schools, At-large General Election, 2-year term, 2011|
|Nonpartisan||Joseph Martins Incumbent||13%||7,823|
|Nonpartisan||Mark Costa Incumbent||12.2%||7,336|
|Nonpartisan||Timothy McCoy Incumbent||11.2%||6,738|
|Nonpartisan||Richard Pavao Incumbent||10.4%||6,251|
|Nonpartisan||Robert Maynard Incumbent||9.5%||5,680|
|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
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.
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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- The Herald News, "Mark Costa: Candidate for Fall River School Committee," September 16, 2013
- City of Fall River, Massachusetts, "Campaign Finance Reports," accessed December 23, 2013
- The Herald News, "Our View: HN's endorsements for Fall River School Committee," accessed November 18, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Bristol County, Massachusetts," accessed November 18, 2013
- Massachusetts Secretary of State, "Enrollment Breakdown as of 2/15/2012," accessed November 18, 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.