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|Board Member, Fall River School Committee, At-large|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
Russell Desbiens, Lori DeSousa and Dan Robillard were defeated by five incumbents and fellow newcomer Melissa Karam Panchley in their bids to win six at-large seats in the general election on November 5, 2013.
|Fall River Public Schools, At-large General Election, 2-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Joseph Martins Incumbent||15.6%||6,484|
|Nonpartisan||Melissa Karam Panchley||15%||6,263|
|Nonpartisan||Mark Costa Incumbent||14.4%||5,996|
|Nonpartisan||Paul Hart Incumbent||12.6%||5,240|
|Nonpartisan||Gabriel Andrade Incumbent||12.2%||5,063|
|Nonpartisan||Robert Maynard Incumbent||10.9%||4,543|
|Source: Jo C. Goode, The Herald News, "No changes in order following release of official Fall River election results," November 13, 2013|
Russell Desbiens reported no contributions or expenditures to the Fall River City Clerk.
Russell Desbiens did not receive any endorsements for his campaign.
What was at stake?
There were six seats on the school board up for election on November 5, 2013. Five of the six incumbents ran successfully for re-election, including Joseph Martins, Mark Costa, Paul Hart, Gabriel Andrade and Robert Maynard. Fellow incumbent Richard Pavao did not file for re-election. They were challenged by four candidates, including Melissa Karam Panchley, Russell Desbiens, Lori DeSousa and Dan Robillard.
About the district
- See also: Fall River Public Schools, Massachusetts
Bristol County underperformed in comparison to the rest of Massachusetts in terms of its median rates of average household income, poverty rate and higher education achievement in 2011. The median household income in Bristol County was $55,813 compared to $65,981 for the state of Massachusetts. The poverty rate in Bristol County was 11.3% compared to 10.7% for the entire state. The US Census also found that 25.1% of Bristol 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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- City of Fall River, Massachusetts, "Campaign Finance Reports," accessed December 23, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Bristol County, Massachusetts," accessed November 18, 2013
- Massachusetts Secretary of State, "Enrollment Breakdown as of 2/15/2012," accessed November 18, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014