Melissa Karam Panchley
|Melissa Karam Panchley|
|Board Member, Fall River School Committee, At-large|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|First elected||November 5, 2013|
|Next general||November, 2015|
|High school||B.M.C. Durfee High School|
|Bachelor's||Boston College School of Education|
|Master's||University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth|
|Profession||Senior property manager|
Melissa Karam Panchley resides in Fall River, Massachusetts. Panchley graduated from B.M.C. Durfee High School before earning her B.A. degree in Human Development and Sociology from the Boston College School of Education and her M.B.A. with a concentration in Accounting from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. She began her career with the Fall River Housing Authority, working first as a youth outreach worker and then as a coordinator of elderly services and grant writer. In 2001, she took a position as the chief financial officer of the Karam Financial Group, and since 2011 she has served as its senior property manager.
|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|
Melissa Karam Panchley reported $34,621.00 in contributions and $17,673.64 in expenditures to the Fall River City Clerk, which left her campaign with $16,837.36 on hand. Panchley raised and spent significantly more than other candidates in the race. She reported many contributions between $100 and $500 from local business owners and executives in a variety of industries, along with donations of $100 each from former United States Senator Scott Brown and the "Scott Brown Re-Election Committee."
Melissa Karam Panchley received an endorsement for her campaign from The Herald News.
In an interview with The Herald News, Martins listed the following campaign themes:
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, 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.
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- The Herald News, "Melissa K. Panchley: Candidate for Fall River School Committee," September 16, 2013
- City of Fall River, Massachusetts, "Campaign Finance Reports," accessed December 23, 2013
- City of Fall River, Massachusetts, "Form CPF M 102: Campaign Finance Report Municipal Form," 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