|Board member, Pittsburgh Public Schools|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|First elected||November 2005|
|Bachelor's||Carnegie Mellon University|
|Master's||Carnegie Mellon University, Morgan State University|
Sumpter grew up in Pittsburgh and attended schools in the district. He has a B.A. in Social Relations from Carnegie Mellon University. He did graduate work at the School of Urban and Public Affairs at Carnegie Mellon University and the Graduate School of Urban Planning at Morgan State University. He also has a certificate of completion from Columbia School of Broadcasting. Sumpter worked for state government in West Virginia from 1976 to 1979. He returned to Pittsburgh and began working for the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. He worked as s a community planning and development representative, an environmental officer, a control file subsystem supervisor, an affordable housing specialist, a rehabilitation management specialist and an environmental protection specialist before retiring in 2004. Sumpter is the elected Allegheny County Democratic Party Male Member for the 5th Ward District 8 in the City of Pittsburgh. He is Chair of the Allegheny County Democratic Black Caucus and is a member of Carrone Baptist Church. Sumpter is also an active member of the NAACP Pittsburgh Branch, the President of PCM Charities and a former radio talk show host.
Sumpter ran unopposed for the District 3 seat on the school board on November 5, 2013.
|Pittsburgh Public Schools, District 3 General Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|Democrat||Thomas Sumpter Incumbent||99.1%||3,728|
|Source: Allegheny County|
|Pittsburgh Public Schools District 3 Primary Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|Source: "Allegheny County Election Results, "2013 Primary Results," accessed September 30, 2013|
Sumpter reported $3,560.10 in contributions and no expenditures to the Allgheny County Election Division, which left his campaign with $3,560.10 on hand.
Sumpter did not received any official endorsements for his campaign.
|Pittsburgh Public Schools District 3 General Election, 4-year term, 2009|
|Source: "Allegheny County Election Results," "2009 General Election," accessed September 30, 2013|
|Pittsburgh Public Schools District 3 General Election, 4-year term, 2005|
|Cross Listed||Thomas Sumpter||100%||4,063|
What was stake?
Five seats on the Pittsburgh Public School Board were at stake in the upcoming election. Sumpter was the only incumbent running for re-election, making this the largest turnover Pittsburgh Public Schools had experienced in many years.
About the district
- See also: Pittsburgh Public Schools, Pennsylvania
The city outperforms the state in education and underperforms in median household income. According to the 2010 Census, the percentage of residents in Pittsburgh with a high school degree (88.8%) is higher than the state of Pennsylvania (87.9%) and the percentage of residents over 25 with a bachelor's degree or higher is higher in Pittsburgh (34.4%) compared to the state overall (26.7%). The median household income in Pittsburgh is $37,161 compared to Pennsylvania's statewide median of $51,651.
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.
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- "Thomas Sumpter, Pittsburgh School Director, District 3," "About Me," accessed September 30, 2013
- "Allegheny County, Pennsylvania," "Campaign Finance Reports," accessed December 20, 2013
- "2010 Census: Quick Facts," "Pittsburgh," accessed September 26, 2013"
- The New York TImes, "Election Results," accessed September 26, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014