|Board Member, Springfield School Committee, District 1|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|First elected||November 5, 2013|
Rosa Perez successfully challenged incumbent Norman Roldan in her campaign for the District 1 seat in the general election on November 5, 2013.
|Springfield Public Schools, District 1 General Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Norman Roldan Incumbent||38.4%||764|
|Source: City of Springfield, Massachusetts, "Springfield Vote Counts: Nov. 5 City Election Night Results," accessed December 18, 2013|
Rosa Perez began the race with an existing debt of $2,594.32. She reported $2,799.32 in contributions and $3,164.05 in expenditures to the Office of Campaign and Political Finance, which left her campaign with $2,959.05 in debt.
Rosa Perez did not receive any official endorsements for her campaign.
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 lost to newcomer Rosa Perez, and District 4 incumbent Peter M. Murphy faced a challenge from Zaida Govan.
About the districtHampden County, Massachusetts. The county seat of Hampden County is Springfield. According to the 2010 US Census, Hampden County is home to 465,923 residents.
Hampden County under performed in comparison to the rest of Massachusetts in terms of median rates of average household income, poverty rate and higher education achievement in 2011. The median household income in Hampden County was $48,866 compared to $65,981 for the state of Massachusetts. The poverty rate in Hampden County was 16.6% compared to 10.7% for the entire state. The US Census also found that 23.9% of Hampden County residents aged 25 years and older attained a bachelor's degree compared to 38.7% in Massachusetts.
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.
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- Springfield, Massachusetts, "OCPF Information," accessed December 20, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Hampden County, Massachusetts," accessed September 23, 2013
- 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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