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Denise M. Hurst

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Denise M. Hurst
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Board Member, Springfield School Committee, At-large
Term ends
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 3, 2009
Next general2017
Term limitsN/A
High schoolSpringfield Central High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of Massachusetts, Amherst
Master'sSpringfield College School of Social Work
ProfessionQuality improvement manager
Office website
Campaign website
Denise M. Hurst is an at-large member of the Springfield School Committee. She was first elected to the chamber in 2009 and successfully ran for re-election in a general election on November 5, 2013.


Denise Hurst resides in Springfield, Massachusetts. Hurst graduated from Springfield Central High School before earning her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and her M.S.W. from the Springfield College School of Social Work.[1] She began her career as a victim/witness advocate for the Hampden County district attorney’s office.[2] Hurst has held positions as a child protection worker for the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, a child protective supervisor overseas in London, a crisis clinician, an independent therapist, an adjunct professor at Holyoke Community College and a child/adolescent case management supervisor.[2] She currently serves as a quality improvement manager for the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health and as vice president of MotherWoman, Inc.[2]



See also: Springfield Public Schools elections (2013)


Denise Hurst ran against fellow incumbent Antonette E. Pepe and challengers Calvin McFadden and Brenden J. Hammerle in her attempt to win one of two at-large seats in the general election on November 5, 2013. She won, receiving the most votes for the at-large seat.


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


Denise Hurst began the race with an existing debt of $6,114.49 from her previous campaign. She reported $10,810.78 in contributions and $10,805.49 in expenditures to the Office of Campaign and Political Finance, which left her campaign with $6,109.20 in debt.[3]


Denise Hurst did not receive any official endorsements for her campaign.


Springfield Public Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2009
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAntonette E. Pepe Incumbent 50.8% 12,278
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDenise M. Hurst 48.5% 11,721
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.7% 165
Total Votes 24,164
Source: Springfield, Massachusetts, "November 3, 2009 Municipal Election Returns," accessed September 24, 2013

Campaign themes

Hurst's campaign website listed the following campaign themes for 2013:[4]

  • Improve Student Achievement
  • Increase Graduation Rate
  • Decrease Drop-Out Rate
  • Support Adult Education

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 sough 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 McFadden edged out Pepe for the seat. 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.[5]


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.[5]

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