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Runston Lewis
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Board member, Newburgh Enlarged City Board of Education, At-large
Former member
Elections and appointments
Last electionMay 20, 2014
First elected1990
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sState University of New York at New Paltz
Master'sFordham University
Runston Lewis was an at-large member of the Newburgh Enlarged City Board of Education in New York. He was first elected in 1990 and served on the board for 19 years before losing his re-election bid on May 19, 2009.[1] Lewis returned to the board after winning the election on May 18, 2010, but he lost re-election again on May 21, 2013.[2] He ran unsuccessfully to regain his seat in the general election on May 20, 2014.


Runston Lewis is a resident of Orange County, New York. Lewis earned his B.A. degree from the State University of New York at New Paltz and his M.A. degree from Fordham University. He is retired.[3]



See also: Newburgh Enlarged City School District elections (2014)


Runston Lewis, incumbents Dawn Fucheck, Mark Levinstein and Thomas Woodhull and six fellow challengers lost to newcomers Kenneth Copertino, Carole Mineo, William Swart and Darren Stridiron for the four at-large seats in the general election on May 20, 2014.

One of the seats up for election was vacated as a result of the death of board member Judith A. McAfee. The candidate who received the most votes but who was not an incumbent, Carole Mineo, received that seat, which carried an unexpired two-year term.[4]


Newburgh Enlarged City School District, At-Large General Election, 3-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngCarole Mineo 14.1% 1,601
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKenneth Copertino 12.7% 1,445
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngWilliam Swart 11.7% 1,333
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDarren Stridiron 11.2% 1,275
     Nonpartisan George Bowles, Jr. 7.1% 808
     Nonpartisan Dawn Fucheck Incumbent 7% 791
     Nonpartisan Sheila Murphy 6.7% 763
     Nonpartisan Mark Levinstein Incumbent 6.3% 716
     Nonpartisan Runston Lewis 5.7% 652
     Nonpartisan Thomas Woodhull Incumbent 4.4% 503
     Nonpartisan David Rein 3.9% 442
     Nonpartisan Robert Pagliaro 3.8% 427
     Nonpartisan Andres Arestin 2.9% 326
     Nonpartisan Nathan Vesely 2.6% 290
Total Votes 11,372
Source: Newburgh Enlarged City School District, "School & Library Budget Vote and School Board Election - 5/20/14," accessed July 10, 2014


Lewis did not file a campaign finance report with the New York State Board of Elections during the election.[5][6]


Lewis did not receive any endorsements during the election.


Newburgh Enlarged City School District, At-Large General Election, 3-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSusan Prokosch Incumbent 22.9% 1,447
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJudith A. McAfee Incumbent 19.7% 1,247
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngR. Andrew Johnston 16.2% 1,023
     Nonpartisan Runston Lewis Incumbent 15.2% 960
     Nonpartisan Eric Motley 10.2% 645
     Nonpartisan John Eliadis 8.4% 534
     Nonpartisan Nathan Vesely 7.5% 472
Total Votes 6,328
Source: Newburgh Enlarged City School District, "2013-2014 Budget Information," accessed May 1, 2014

Campaign themes


In a survey conducted by the school district, Lewis stated that the following should be the district's top priority in 2014:

For the BOE to come together as a cohesive group to enable them to work on the many areas that need improvement.[7]

—Newburgh Enlarged City School District candidate survey, (2014), [3]

Lewis and Sheila Murphy issued a joint public statement calling for the school district to hire more minority teachers. Challenger David Rein rejected their argument and stated, "I think all children can succeed as long as their parents are involved and they are energized by quality teachers. I find it offensive to suggest that black teachers and black board members are the answer to Newburgh's problems." Lewis responded, "Does he think we want unqualified teachers? No one is saying hire unqualified, uncertified teachers. All we're saying is give our teachers the same advantage as you give white teachers."[8]

About the district

See also: Newburgh Enlarged City School District, New York
Newburgh Enlarged City School District is located in Orange County, New York
Newburgh Enlarged City School District is located in Orange County, New York. The county seat of Orange County is Goshen, New York. Orange County is home to 375,592 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[9] Newburgh Enlarged City is the 10th-largest school district in New York, serving 11,544 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[10]


Orange County underperformed in comparison to the rest of New York in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 28.7 percent of Orange County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 32.8 percent for New York as a whole. The median household income in Orange County was $70,712 compared to $57,683 for the state of New York. The poverty rate in Orange County was 11.7 percent compared to 14.9 percent for the entire state.[9]

Racial Demographics, 2012[9]
Race Orange County (%) New York (%)
White 82.5 71.2
Black or African American 11.4 17.5
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.8 1.0
Asian 2.6 8.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 2.6 2.2
Hispanic or Latino 18.8 18.2

2013 Party Affiliation, Orange County[11]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 80,527 36.54
Republican 72,685 32.98
Independent 11,734 5.32
Constitution 4,118 1.87
Working Families 1,049 0.48
Green 497 0.23
Other 84 0.04
Unaffiliated 49,697 22.54

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.[12]

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