Calvin McFadden

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Calvin McFadden
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Board Member, Springfield School Committee, At-large
Term ends
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Next general2017
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sBethune-Cookman University
Master'sInterdenominational Theological Center
Ph.D.Florida State University
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Calvin McFadden is an at-large member of the Springfield School Committee. He won the seat in the general election on November 5, 2013.


Calvin McFadden resides in Springfield, Massachusetts. Dr. McFadden attended Hillsborough County Public Schools in Tampa, Florida before earning his B.A. in Sociology from Bethune-Cookman University, his M.Div. in Sociology of Religion from the International Theological Center and his Ph.D. in Family and Child Sciences Sociology from Florida State University.[1] Since 1992, he has served as a pastor in several churches, and he is currently the senior pastor of St. John’s Congregational Church in Springfield.[2] Dr. McFadden has also served as the dean of Bristol Community College and as an adjunct professor at both American International College and Springfield College.[2]



See also: Springfield Public Schools elections (2013)


Calvin McFadden challenged incumbents Denise M. Hurst and Antonette E. Pepe and fellow newcomer Brenden J. Hammerle in his successful bid to win one of two at-large seats in the general election on November 5, 2013.


Springfield Public Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDenise M. Hurst Incumbent 37.7% 6,329
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngCalvin McFadden 32.4% 5,450
     Nonpartisan Antonette E. Pepe Incumbent 29.6% 4,971
     Nonpartisan Write-in 0.3% 49
Total Votes 16,799
Source: City of Springfield, Massachusetts, "Springfield Vote Counts: Nov. 5 City Election Night Results," accessed December 18, 2013


Calvin McFadden began the race with an existing debt of $4,500.00. He reported $28,989.51 in contributions and $27,148.19 in expenditures to the Office of Campaign and Political Finance, which left his campaign with $2,658.68 in debt.[3]


Calvin McFadden did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.

Campaign themes

McFadden's campaign website listed the following campaign themes for 2013:

Dr. McFadden’s “ABC Plan” is designed to promote a School District where parents are actively engage, and teachers and administrators are able to produce skilled and educated students who will become productive citizens.

“In order for this to happen, we need strong, fiscally conservative leaders who are open to new ideas and are willing to questions the current agenda. We need teachers who are respected and engaged. Teaching is a profession and should be valued and appreciated. Students need the best technology and tools that we can provide in order for them to be able to compete in this global economy. I support teachers, parents and students!”


Everyone involved in the education of our most valuable resource—our children—should have clearly defined, measurable goals. If the expectations are known, measurements are taken, results assessed, and constructive criticism applied, our children’s education will improve.


There needs to be policies in place that insure transparency so that parents and other taxpayers can see how their tax dollars are being utilized. By requiring accountability, the Committee will promote fiscal discipline and insure that the classroom is the beneficiary of the budget.


Perhaps the most important component of the ABC Plan is that the members of the community actively engage in the effort to improve the educational outcomes for our children. From parents to religious and community leaders, for maximum success to flow to our young people, everyone has to take an active role in the process. The School Committee cannot do it alone.

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, however Pepe lost her seat to McFadden. District 1 incumbent Norman Roldan ran against newcomer Rosa Perez, and District 4 incumbent Peter M. Murphy 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]

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