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Peter M. Murphy
|Peter M. Murphy|
|Board Member, Springfield School Committee, District 4|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|First elected||November 3, 2009|
|Bachelor's||University of Massachusetts|
|J.D.||Quinnipiac University School of Law|
Peter Murphy resides in Springfield, Massachusetts. Murphy earned his B.A. from the University of Massachusetts and his J.D. from the Quinnipiac University School of Law. Before founding his own law practice, he served as an assistant district attorney in Hampden County and as an associate city solicitor.
Peter Murphy successfully ran against challenger Zaida Govan to keep his District 4 seat in the general election on November 5, 2013.
|Springfield Public Schools, District 4 General Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Peter M. Murphy Incumbent||63.2%||1,606|
|Source: City of Springfield, Massachusetts, "Springfield Vote Counts: Nov. 5 City Election Night Results," accessed December 18, 2013|
Peter Murphy began the race with an existing account balance of $17.64 from his previous campaign. He reported $5,260.00 in contributions and $4,012.20 in expenditures to the Office of Campaign and Political Finance, which left his campaign with $1,265.44 on hand.
Peter Murphy did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.
|Springfield Public Schools, District 4 General Election, 4-year term, 2009|
|Nonpartisan||Peter M. Murphy||72.3%||3,480|
|Nonpartisan||Joseph M. Flebotte||27.2%||1,310|
|Source: Springfield, Massachusetts, "November 3, 2009 Municipal Election Returns," accessed September 24, 2013|
Murphy's office website listed the following campaign themes for 2013:
Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.
What was at stake?
There were six seats on the school board up for election on November 5, 2013. All six incumbents sought re-election to the board and four of them faced challengers. Barbara Gresham and Christopher Collins ran unopposed to retain their District 2 and 3 seats, respectively. Denise M. Hurst and Antonette E. Pepe attempted to fend off challenges to their at-large seats from Calvin McFadden and Brenden J. Hammerle. District 1 incumbent Norman Roldan ran against newcomer Rosa Perez, and District 4 incumbent Peter M. Murphy successfully fought off a challenge from Zaida Govan.
About the districtMassachusetts in Hampden County. The county seat of Hampden County is Springfield. Hampden County is home to 467,319 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau. In the 2011-2012 school year, Springfield Public Schools was the second-largest school district in Massachusetts and served 25,185 students.
Hampden County underperformed compared to the rest of Massachusetts in terms of higher education achievement in 2013. The United States Census Bureau found that 24.5 percent of Hampden County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 39.4 percent for Massachusetts as a whole. The median household income in Hampden County was $49,094 compared to $66,866 for the state of Massachusetts. The poverty rate in Hampden County was 17.7 percent compared to 11.4 percent for the entire state.
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. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
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- Stephanie Barry, The Republican, "Springfield official finds he's not exempt from getting 'the boot'," October 19, 2012
- Springfield Public Schools, "Peter Murphy," accessed September 24, 2013
- Facebook, "About," accessed September 24, 2013
- Springfield, Massachusetts, "OCPF Information," accessed December 20, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Hampden County, Massachusetts," accessed January 26, 2015
- National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed April 22, 2014
- Massachusetts Secretary of State, "Enrollment Breakdown as of 2/15/2012," accessed September 23, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
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