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Scranton Board of Education, At-large
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Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 5, 2013
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OtherCulinary Institute of America
ProfessionCulinary arts instructor
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Mark McAndrew is an at-large member of the Scranton Board of Education. He won election to the board as a Democratic candidate against five other candidates on November 5, 2013.


McAndrew graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in 1983. He previously worked as an executive chef for a food services provider. McAndrew currently works as a culinary arts instructor with Lackawanna Career Technology Center. He and his wife, Anne Marie, have three children.[1]



See also: Scranton School District elections (2013)

Election results

General election
Scranton School District, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Casey 19.9% 9,014
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngMark McAndrew 19% 8,627
     Cross filed Green check mark transparent.pngCy Douaihy Incumbent 18.4% 8,354
     Cross filed Green check mark transparent.pngBob Sheridan Incumbent 16.9% 7,648
     Republican Bob Lesh Incumbent 13.1% 5,938
     Republican Carol Oleski 12.2% 5,546
     Nonpartisan Write-in 0.5% 240
Total Votes 45,367
Source: Lackawanna County, "Certified Election Results," accessed December 14, 2013]

McAndrew placed fourth in the May 21 Democratic primary and fifth in the May 21 Republican primary.

Scranton School District, Democratic Primary, May 21, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Casey 12% 4,272
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCy Douaihy Incumbent 11% 3,900
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBob Sheridan Incumbent 10.6% 3,773
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMark McAndrew 10.5% 3,727
     Democratic Bob Lesh Incumbent 9.8% 3,495
     Democratic Carol Oleski 8.4% 2,984
     Democratic Tom Schuster 8.2% 2,925
     Democratic Tom Borthwick 8.1% 2,872
     Democratic James J. Timlin 7% 2,492
     Democratic Kevin J. Manley 5.6% 1,980
     Democratic Todd Hartman 5.1% 1,818
     Democratic Douglas J. Miller 3.5% 1,234
     Democratic Write-in votes 0.3% 92
Total Votes 35,564
Source: Lackawanna County Board of Elections

Scranton School District, Republican Primary, May 21, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBob Sheridan Incumbent 14.4% 907
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCarol Oleski 12.9% 811
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBob Lesh Incumbent 11.5% 724
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCy Douaihy Incumbent 10.9% 682
     Republican Mark McAndrew 10.5% 659
     Republican Robert Casey 10.4% 653
     Republican Tom Borthwick 9.6% 604
     Republican James J. Timlin 8.8% 550
     Republican Tom Schuster 8.7% 546
     Republican Write-in votes 2.3% 145
Total Votes 6,281
Source: Lackawanna County Board of Elections


McAndrew ran for election to the board on November 5, 2013 against incumbents Cy Douaihy, Bob Lesh and Bob Sheridan as well as fellow challengers Robert Casey and Carol Oleski.

Campaign finance

McAndrew reported no contributions or expenditures to the Pennsylvania Secretary of State.[2]


McAndrew received the endorsement of The Times-Tribune on October 29, 2013.[3]

What was at stake?

Incumbents Cy Douaihy, Bob Lesh and Bob Sheridan sought re-election to full terms on the board. They were joined by McAndrew, Carol Oleski and Robert Casey in pursing four available seats on November 5, 2013. Voters also filled an unexpired two-year term left by the resignation of Sean O'Shea in April due to obligations in the Pennsylvania National Guard. The Lackawanna County Democratic Party selected Kyle Donahue as their candidate for the seat in September. Bob Lesh also pursued the unexpired term as the Republican candidate.[4]

Federal lawsuit by suspended principal

On October 25, 2013, suspended Robert Morris Elementary principal Gwendolyn Damiano filed a lawsuit in federal court against the district claiming deprivation of her right to due process. Damiano was suspended by the district on July 3, 2013 due to allegations that she failed to adequately oversee administration of state standardized tests in the school. The district was under investigation by the Pennsylvania Department of Education as cheating allegations clouded local schools. District officials suspended four teachers and recommended the firing of another teacher related to these investigations. The Board of Education overturned these suspensions and prevented the firing.[5]

Her lawsuit claims that the district failed to provide a timely appeal of her suspension due to the upcoming school board election. Damiano's lawsuit accuses five board members including Cy Douaihy, Bob Lesh and Bob Sheridan of delaying her September 19, 2013 appeal hearing to avoid embarrassment ahead of the election. The board held three preliminary hearings in August and early September but canceled the September 19 hearing without rescheduling the meeting.[5]

About the district

See also: Scranton School District, Pennsylvania
Scranton School District is located in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania
Scranton School District serves K-12 students in Scranton, the county seat of Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania. Scranton had a population of 76,089 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[6]


Scranton lagged behind state rates for higher education achievement, median income and poverty according to the 2010 U.S. Census. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old (19.2%) was lower than the state average (26.7%). The 2010 U.S. Census calculated a median income of $36,968 in Scranton and $51,651 in the state of Pennsylvania. Scranton had a poverty rate of 20.4% in 2010 while Pennsylvania's poverty rate was 12.6%.[6]

Racial Demographics, 2012[6]
Race Scranton (%) Pennsylvania (%)
White 84.1 81.9
Black or African American 5.5 10.8
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.2 0.2
Asian 3 2.7
Two or More Races 2.5 1.9
Hispanic or Latino 9.9 5.7

Party Affiliation, 2013[7]
Party Registered voters, Lackawanna County  % of Total
Republican 38,440 26.2
Democratic 95,036 64.8
Libertarian 529 0.4
Other 12,600 8.6

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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