|Board Member, Springfield School Committee, District 4|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
Zaida Govan resides in Springfield, Massachusetts. Govan received her M.S.W. degree from Springfield College and began her career as an outpatient substance abuse program supervisor with the Catholic Charities Institute for the Hispanic Family. She currently serves as a clinical director at Martin Luther King Jr. Family Services.
Zaida Govan unsuccessfully challenged incumbent Peter M. Murphy for the District 4 seat in the general election on November 5, 2013.
|Springfield Public Schools, District 4 General Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Peter M. Murphy Incumbent||63.2%||1,606|
|Source: City of Springfield, Massachusetts, "Springfield Vote Counts: Nov. 5 City Election Night Results," accessed December 18, 2013|
Zaida Govan reported $1,623.52 in contributions and $1,507.77 in expenditures to the Office of Campaign and Political Finance, which left her campaign with $115.75 on hand.
Zaida Govan did not receive any official endorsements for her campaign.
On Govan's campaign website, she emphasized the importance of electing a school board reflective of the district student body's demographic make-up:
"The district here is made up of approximately 26,000 students. Of those students over 82% of them are students of color, meaning not white. Because of those numbers I think it is very important that our School Committee reflect the population in our fair city. That means that of the 7 member School Committee 5.2 of them should be people of color to reflect our population."
Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.
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 ran against newcomer Rosa Perez, and District 4 incumbent Peter M. Murphy successfully 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.
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- LinkedIn, "Zaida Govan," accessed September 24, 2013
- Springfield, Massachusetts, "OCPF Information," accessed December 20, 2013
- Facebook, "Zaida Govan for School Committee," accessed September 24, 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
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