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Zaida Govan

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Zaida Govan
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Board Member, Springfield School Committee, District 4
Former candidate
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Master'sSpringfield College
ProfessionClinical director
Zaida Govan was a candidate for the District 4 seat on the Springfield School Committee. Govan lost in the general election on 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.[1] She currently serves as a clinical director at Martin Luther King Jr. Family Services.[1]



See also: Springfield Public Schools elections (2013)


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
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngPeter M. Murphy Incumbent 63.2% 1,606
     Nonpartisan Zaida Govan 36.6% 932
     Nonpartisan Write-in 0.2% 5
Total Votes 2,543
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.[2]


Zaida Govan did not receive any official endorsements for her campaign.

Campaign themes

On Govan's campaign website, she emphasized the importance of electing a school board reflective of the district student body's demographic make-up:[3]

"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 district

See also: Springfield Public Schools, Massachusetts
Springfield Public Schools is located in Hampden County, Massachusetts
Springfield Public Schools is located in Hampden County, Massachusetts. The county seat of Hampden County is Springfield. According to the 2010 US Census, Hampden County is home to 465,923 residents.[4]


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.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2012[4]
Race Hampden County (%) Massachusetts (%)
White 84.0 83.7
Black or African American 10.5 7.9
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.8 0.5
Asian 2.2 5.8
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.2 0.1
Two or More Races 2.4 2.0
Hispanic or Latino 22.0 10.1

Party Affiliation, 2012[5]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 112,321 39.23
Republican 37,692 13.16
Green-Rainbow 338 0.12
Unaffiliated 134,536 46.99
Other 1,420 0.50

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 100.0%. Each column will add up to 100.0% after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.[6]

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