Patricia Mariano

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Patricia Mariano
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Board Member, Lawrence School Committee, District E
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Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 5, 2013
Next generalNovember, 2015
AppointedSeptember 18, 2012
Appointed byLawrence City Council
Term limitsN/A
ProfessionRetired educator
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Patricia Mariano is the District E member of the Lawrence School Committee. She was first appointed to the chamber in 2012 and she won re-election in a primary election on September 17 and a general election on November 5, 2013.


Patricia Mariano resides in Lawrence, Massachusetts with her husband. She is the current District E member on the School Committee, which she was appointed to on September 18, 2012.[1] Mariano began her career in 1971 as an educator for Charles Storrow Elementary School, which was a part of Lawrence Public Schools until its closing in 2007.[1][2] From 2001 to her retirement in 2011, she served as principal of the Francis Leahy School in the district.[1] During her tenure as principal, Mariano placed an emphasis on providing English language instruction to both her students and their parents.[1] She was appointed to replace former District E member Jennifer Cooper, who denounced state-appointed Superintendent Jeffrey Riley's turnaround plans for the struggling school district.[1] In contrast, Mariano voiced her support for the plan upon taking office.[1]



See also: Lawrence Public Schools elections (2013)


Patricia Mariano defeated Homayoun Maali to keep her District E seat in the general election on November 5, 2013.[3]


Lawrence Public Schools, District E General Election, 2-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngPatricia Mariano Incumbent 82.9% 2,446
     Nonpartisan Homayoun Maali 16.9% 498
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.2% 6
Total Votes 2,950
Source: City of Lawrence, Massachusetts, "Official Election Results," accessed December 18, 2013

Lawrence Public Schools, District E Primary Election, 2-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngPatricia Mariano 85.5% 1,870
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngHomayoun Maali 14.3% 313
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.2% 4
Total Votes 2,187
Source: City of Lawrence, Massachusetts, "Preliminary Election, Lawrence, MA," accessed September 18, 2013


As of September 18, 2013, Patricia Mariano reported $1,500.00 in contributions and $1,471.76 in expenditures to the Lawrence Election Division, which left her campaign with $28.24 on-hand.[4]


Patricia Mariano 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][5]

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.[6]


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.[6]

Racial Demographics, 2012[6]
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[7]
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: Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" percentage, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off. Read more about race and ethnicity in the Census here.[8]

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