Robert J. Gignac

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Robert J. Gignac
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Board Member, Lowell School Committee, At-large
Former member
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember, 2011
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolLowell High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of Massachusetts at Lowell
Personal
ProfessionAccountant
Websites
Office website
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Robert J. Gignac was an at-large member of the Lowell School Committee. He was first elected to the chamber in 2011 and he lost his re-election bid in a general election on November 5, 2013.

Biography

Robert Gignac resides in Lowell, Massachusetts. He graduated from Lowell High School before earning a Bachelor's degree from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell in 2011.[1][2] For nearly two years, Gignac served as the Commissioner of the City of Lowell Taxi & Livery Commission.[2] He is currently employed as a staff accountant for the Career Center of Lowell.[2] Gignac also serves as a member of the Lowell Telecommunications Corporation board of directors.[2]

Elections

2013

See also: Lowell Public Schools elections (2013)

Opposition

Robert J. Gignac unsuccessfully ran for re-election against six other candidates to one of six at-large seats in the general election on November 5, 2013.

Results

Lowell Public Schools, At-large General Election, 2-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJames D. Leary Incumbent 15.9% 6,418
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDavid J. Conway Incumbent 15.8% 6,366
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSteven Gendron 15.8% 6,365
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngConnie A. Martin Incumbent 13.7% 5,518
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKimberly A. Scott Incumbent 13.4% 5,385
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKristin Ross-Sitawich Incumbent 13.1% 5,262
     Nonpartisan Robert J. Gignac Incumbent 12.1% 4,881
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.2% 64
Total Votes 40,259
Source: The City of Lowell, "2013 Municipal Election Results (*Official*)," accessed December 18, 2013

Funding

Robert J. Gignac began the race with an existing account balance of $101.97 from his previous campaign. He reported $5,305.80 in contributions and $3,145.70 in expenditures to the Lowell Election and Census Office, which left his campaign with $2,262.07 on hand.[3]

Endorsements

Robert J. Gignac received an endorsement for his campaign from the Lowell Sun.[4]

2011

Lowell Public Schools, At-large General Election, 2-year term, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKimberly A. Scott 15% 5,104
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKristin Ross-Sitcawich 14.4% 4,904
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDavid J. Conway Incumbent 14.1% 4,808
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJames D. Leary Incumbent 13.4% 4,543
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRobert J. Gignac 11.7% 3,970
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngConnie A. Martin Incumbent 10.7% 3,635
     Nonpartisan Jaqueline Doherty Incumbent 10.5% 3,556
     Nonpartisan Alison Laraba Incumbent 10.1% 3,419
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.1% 49
Total Votes 33,988
Source: City of Lowell Election and Census Office, "2011 Municipal Election Results," accessed September 16, 2013

What was at stake?

There were six seats on the school board up for election on November 5, 2013. Incumbents David J. Conway, Robert J. Gignac, James D. Leary, Connie A. Martin, Kristin Ross-Sitcawich and Kimberly A. Scott sought re-election to the board. They faced a single challenger, Steven Gendron. Gendron ended up coming in second place, with Gignac losing his spot on the board.[5]

About the district

See also: Lowell Public Schools, Massachusetts
Lowell Public Schools is located in Middlesex County, Massachusetts
Lowell Public Schools is located in Middlesex County, Massachusetts. The county seats of Middlesex County are Lowell and Cambridge. According to the 2010 US Census, Middlesex County is home to 1,537,215 residents.[6]

Demographics

Middlesex County outperformed the rest of Massachusetts in terms of its poverty rate, median rates of average household income and higher education achievement in 2011. The poverty rate in Middlesex County was 7.7% compared to 10.7% for the entire state. The median household income in Middlesex County was $79,691 compared to $65,981 for the state of Massachusetts. The US Census also found that 49.8% of Middlesex County residents aged 25 years and older attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 38.7% in Massachusetts.[6]

Racial Demographics, 2012[6]
Race Middlesex County (%) Massachusetts (%)
White 82.3 83.7
Black or African American 5.3 7.9
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 0.5
Asian 10.1 5.8
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 2.0 2.0
Hispanic or Latino 7.0 10.1

Party Affiliation, 2012[7]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 342,112 36.90
Republican 96,970 10.46
Green-Rainbow 1,134 0.12
Unaffiliated 483,119 52.11
Other 3,854 0.42

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.[8]

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