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Theodore Groh

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Theodore Groh
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Board Member, Manchester Board of School Committee, Ward 3
Former Candidate
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
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Bachelor'sSaint Anselm College
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Theodore Groh was a candidate for the Ward 3 seat on the nonpartisan Manchester Board of School Committee. The seat was up for primary election on September 17. Groh lost in the general election on November 5, 2013. Groh was also a Democratic candidate in the Hillsborough 4 election for the New Hampshire House of Representatives in 2010.

Biography

Theodore Groh resides in Manchester, New Hampshire. He received a B.A. in Political Science from Saint Anselm College, where he served as the president of the Campus Democrats club.[1] Following graduation, Groh took a position as an Executive Director for the Manchester City Democrats.[2]

Elections

2013

See also: Manchester School District elections (2013)

Results

Manchester School District, Ward 3 General Election, 2-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngChris Stewart Incumbent 46.6% 328
     Nonpartisan Theodore Groh 35.4% 249
     Nonpartisan Blanks 17.8% 125
     Nonpartisan Write-in Votes 0.3% 2
Total Votes 704
Source: City of Manchester, New Hampshire, "2013 Municipal General Election - November 5, 2013," accessed November 6, 2013

Funding

Groh reported $776 in contributions and $471.75 in expenditures to the City of Manchester, which left his campaign with $304.25 on hand.[3]

Endorsements

Theodore Groh did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.

2010

See also: New Hampshire House of Representatives elections, 2010

Theodore Groh ran as a Democratic candidate in the Hillsborough 4 election for the New Hampshire House of Representatives in 2010. He advanced past the September 14 primary election.[4] He faced incumbent William O'Brien (R), incumbent Robert Mead (R), incumbent Frank Holden (R), Jennifer Daler (D), Andrew French (D), Kary Jencks (D), and William Condra (R) in the November 2 general election. Groh failed to advance past the November 2, 2010 general election.

New Hampshire House of Representatives, Hillsborough 4 general election (2010), 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngWilliam O'Brien Incumbent 14.6% 3,259
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngFrank Holden Incumbent 14.4% 3,220
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Mead Incumbent 14.4% 3,217
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngWilliam Condra 13.8% 3,092
     Democrat Jennifer Daler 11.2% 2,497
     Democrat Kary Jencks 10.7% 2,379
     Democrat Andrew French 10.5% 2,342
     Democrat Theodore Groh 10.4% 2,331
Total Votes 22,337
Source: New Hampshire Secretary of State, "State Representative," accessed August 23, 2013

Campaign themes

In an interview with the New Hampshire Union Leader, Groh stated that he was running in 2013 for the following reason:[1]

"I think the future success of Manchester is tied to successful schools and a successfully run district. There are a lot of great things that make Manchester a great place to live, and that's been one of the things that's missing."

What was at stake?

At-large incumbents Kathy Staub and David M. Wihby sought re-election, as well Sarah S. Ambrogi, Debra G. Langton, Chris Stewart, Ted Rokas, Dan Bergeron, Erika Connors, Arthur J. Beaudry and John B. Avard in their respective wards.[5] Incumbents Roy Shoults, Dave Gelinas, Jason Cooper and Roger Beauchamp did not file for re-election and were replaced by Amy L. Bradley, Ross Terrio, Katie Desrochers and Constance "Connie" VanHouten in Wards 4, 7, 11 and 12, respectively. The only incumbent to be ousted was Dan Bergeron in Ward 6, who was beaten by challenger Robyn M. Dunphy.

District audit

On June 26, 2013, Curriculum Management Systems published its audit of the Manchester School District. The district spent $40,000 to commission the report, which criticized the size of the fifteen-member school board and its two-year terms as causes of instability in the district.[6] The audit states that, "Declining student enrollment, funding reductions, board disharmony, aging school facilities, and disparities in student performance have been long-standing issues facing the district."[7] The auditors acknowledge that, ."..the educational program a student experiences at one school may differ widely from the education a student receives at another school," and recommend that the school board create "written policies, plans, and procedures to provide a foundation for a consistent educational program" across the district.[7] Board member Arthur J. Beaudry did not agree with all of the findings and recommendations in the audit, arguing that, "The board is reluctant to pursue big changes too much because that's seen as micromanaging. So they back up, or at least some board members do."[6] Stewart took a different position and referred to the audit as "terrific."[8]

Common Core

On April 29, 2013, the school board voted to approve an $83,900 contract to train district elementary and middle school teachers in the Common Core standards for English and math.[9] Local education activist Deborah Olszta criticized the vote and Common Core, stating, "Every student in the country is going to be doing same thing at same time. China can do this sort of thing, but in America, this is supposed to be an open and free-thinking society."[9] Debra G. Langton and Arthur J. Beaudry voted against the contract, with Langton questioning the necessity of the contract in light of existing budgetary issues in the district.[9]

About the district

See also: Manchester School District, New Hampshire
Manchester School District is located in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire
Manchester School District is located in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire. The county seats of Hillsborough County are Manchester and Nashua. According to the 2010 US Census, Hillsborough County is home to 402,922 residents.[10]

Demographics

Hillsborough County outperformed the rest of New Hampshire in terms of its poverty rate, median rates of average household income and higher education achievement in 2011. The poverty rate in Hillsborough County was 7.5% compared to 8.0% for the entire state. The median household income in Hillsborough County was $70,591 compared to $64,664 for the state of New Hampshire. The US Census also found that 34.6% of Hillsborough County residents aged 25 years and older attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 33.1% in New Hampshire.[10]

Racial Demographics, 2012[10]
Race Hillsborough County (%) New Hampshire (%)
White 91.9 94.4
African American 2.5 1.4
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 0.3
Asian 3.5 2.4
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.7 1.5
Hispanic or Latino 5.6 3.0

Party Affiliation, 2013[11]
Party New Hampshire Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 239,959 27.35
Republican 265,348 30.23
Undeclared 372,340 42.42




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