Myra Ortiz

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Myra Ortiz
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Board Member, Lawrence School Committee, District A
Term ends
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 5, 2013
Next generalNovember, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sSouthern New Hampshire University
Associate'sNorthern Essex Community College
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Myra Ortiz is the District A member of the Lawrence School Committee. She won a write-in campaign in the general election on November 5, 2013.


Myra Ortiz resides in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Ortiz earned her Associate's degree in Business Management from Northern Essex Community College and her Bachelor's degree in Organizational Management and Leadership from Southern New Hampshire University.[1]



See also: Lawrence Public Schools elections (2013)


Myra Ortiz won the District A seat unopposed in the general election on November 5, 2013. She started a write-in campaign after no candidates filed for the seat.


Lawrence Public Schools, District A General Election, 2-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMyra Ortiz 98.1% 1,505
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 1.9% 29
Total Votes 1,534
Source: City of Lawrence, Massachusetts, "Official Election Results," accessed December 18, 2013


Myra Ortiz began the race with an existing debt of $300.00. She reported $405.13 in contributions and $305.13 in expenditures to the Lawrence Election Division, which left her campaign with $205.13 in debt.[2]


Myra Ortiz did not receive any official endorsements for her campaign.

What was at stake?

District B, C, E and F incumbents Milquicided Santos, Pavel M. Payano, Patricia Mariano and James R. Blatchford filed for re-election. Homayoun Maali, who ran unsuccessfully for the District E seat in 2011, was the only candidate challenging an incumbent, Patricia Mariano. Mariano won. Two candidates, Angel Garcia and Jeovanny Rodriguez, ran for the District D seat that Francisco Surillo has decided to vacate. Rodriguez won the open seat. No candidates filed for the District A seat until Myra Ortiz announced her write-in campaign, which was successful.[3][4]

About the district

See also: Lawrence Public Schools, Massachusetts
Lawrence Public Schools is located in Essex County, Massachusetts
Lawrence Public Schools is located in Essex County, Massachusetts. The county seats of Essex County are Lawrence and Salem. According to the 2010 US Census, Essex County is home to 755,618 residents.[5]


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.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2012[5]
Race Essex County (%) Massachusetts (%)
White 87.7 83.7
Black or African American 5.7 7.9
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.8 0.5
Asian 3.5 5.8
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 2.1 2.0
Hispanic or Latino 17.4 10.1

Party Affiliation, 2012[6]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 154,655 32.45
Republican 57,470 12.06
Green-Rainbow 439 0.09
Unaffiliated 261,832 54.93
Other 2,266 0.48

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.[7]

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