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Pavel M. Payano
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Board Member, Lawrence School Committee, District C
Term ends
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Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 8, 2011
Next generalNovember, 2015
Term limitsN/A
High schoolLawrence High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of Massachusetts, Amherst
Master'sUniversity of Massachusetts, Boston
Date of birthNovember 30, 1985
ProfessionPolitical operative
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Pavel M. Payano is the District C member of the Lawrence School Committee. He was first elected to the chamber in 2011 and he won re-election in a primary election on September 17 and a general election on November 5, 2013.


Pavel Payano resides in Lawrence, Massachusetts. He is the current District C member on the School Committee, which he was elected to on November 8, 2011.[1] Payano earned a B.A. in political science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2006, and in 2011 he received an M.S. in Public Affairs from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.[2] After receiving his undergraduate degree, Payano served as the Outreach Director for the Massachusetts Democratic Party and then as a Special Assistant and Immigration Specialist for Congresswoman Niki Tsongas.[3] He also worked on President Barack Obama's 2008 electoral campaign as his New Hampshire Latino’s Campaign Co-Director and Field Director for a campaign headquarters in Nashua, New Hampshire.[2]



See also: Lawrence Public Schools elections (2013)


Pavel Payano ran unopposed to keep his District C seat in the general election on November 5, 2013.[4]


Lawrence Public Schools, District C General Election, 2-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngPavel M. Payano Incumbent 97.8% 1,703
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 2.2% 39
Total Votes 1,742
Source: City of Lawrence, Massachusetts, "Official Election Results," accessed December 18, 2013

Lawrence Public Schools, District C Primary Election, 2-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngPavel M. Payano 97.4% 1,228
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 2.6% 33
Total Votes 1,261
Source: City of Lawrence, Massachusetts, "Preliminary Election, Lawrence, MA," accessed September 18, 2013


Pavel Payano began the race with an existing account balance of $63.10 from his previous campaign. He reported $1,175.00 in contributions but no expenditures to the Lawrence Election Division, which left his campaign with $1,238.10 on hand.[5]


Pavel Payano did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.


Lawrence Public Schools, District C General Election, 2-year term, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngPavel M. Payano 96.6% 673
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 3.4% 24
Total Votes 697
Source: Lawrence Election Division, "2011 Municipal Election - November 8, 2011," accessed August 8, 2013

Campaign themes

Payano's campaign website listed the following campaign themes:[3]

As School Committee Member he seeks to heal his community by energizing the youth and ensuring that the Promise Neighborhood is a success in Lawrence.

Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.

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.[4][6]

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.[7]


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.[7]

Racial Demographics, 2012[7]
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[8]
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 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.[9][10]

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