Fall River Public Schools elections (2013)
Method of election
What was at stake?
Fall River Public Schools
Bristol County, Massachusetts ballot measures
Local ballot measures, Massachusetts
Six seats on the School Committee for Fall River Public Schools were up for general election on November 5, 2013. Incumbents Joseph Martins, Mark Costa, Paul Hart, Gabriel Andrade and Robert Maynard along with newcomer Melissa Karam Panchley defeated challengers Russell Desbiens, Lori DeSousa and Dan Robillard to win the six seats.
About the district
- See also: Fall River Public Schools, Massachusetts
Bristol County underperformed in comparison to the rest of Massachusetts in terms of its median rates of average household income, poverty rate and higher education achievement in 2011. The median household income in Bristol County was $55,813 compared to $65,981 for the state of Massachusetts. The poverty rate in Bristol County was 11.3% compared to 10.7% for the entire state. The US Census also found that 25.1% of Bristol County residents aged 25 years and older attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 38.7% in Massachusetts.
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.
Method of board member selection
The Fall River School Committee consists of seven members, six of whom are elected to two-year terms. The seventh member and Chair of the board is Fall River's mayor. The other six members of the board are elected at-large by the district as a whole. There was no primary election and the general election was held on November 5, 2013. All six at-large seats were on the ballot in 2013.
Individuals interested in running for the board began circulating nominating petitions on April 23, 2013. The filing deadline for the 2013 general election was July 23. Each candidate had to file a notarized candidate affidavit and nomination petitions with at least 50 valid signatures.
|Fall River Public Schools, At-large General Election, 2-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Joseph Martins Incumbent||15.6%||6,484|
|Nonpartisan||Melissa Karam Panchley||15%||6,263|
|Nonpartisan||Mark Costa Incumbent||14.4%||5,996|
|Nonpartisan||Paul Hart Incumbent||12.6%||5,240|
|Nonpartisan||Gabriel Andrade Incumbent||12.2%||5,063|
|Nonpartisan||Robert Maynard Incumbent||10.9%||4,543|
|Source: Jo C. Goode, The Herald News, "No changes in order following release of official Fall River election results," November 13, 2013|
Candidates received a total of $45,679.75 and spent a total of $25,555.39 during the election, according to the Fall River City Clerk. Joseph Martins, Mark Costa, Gabriel Andrade and Melissa Karam Panchley were the only candidates to file campaign finance reports. The other candidates were not required to file campaign finance reports since their campaigns did not have at least $1,000 in financial activity during the reporting period. These numbers therefore do not include any contributions to or expenditures by those candidates.
Panchley raised and spent significantly more than other candidates in the race. She reported many contributions between $100 and $500 from local business owners and executives in a variety of industries, along with donations of $100 each from former United States Senator Scott Brown and the "Scott Brown Re-Election Committee."
|Candidate||Contributions||Expenditures||Cash on hand|
|Melissa Karam Panchley||$34,621.00||$17,673.64||$16,837.36|
Information about earlier elections can be found by clicking [show] at the right.
What was at stake?
There were six seats on the school board up for election on November 5, 2013. Five of the six incumbents ran successfully for re-election, including Joseph Martins, Mark Costa, Paul Hart, Gabriel Andrade and Robert Maynard. Fellow incumbent Richard Pavao did not file for re-election. They were challenged by four candidates, including Melissa Karam Panchley, Russell Desbiens, Lori DeSousa and Dan Robillard.
The following dates were key deadlines for the Fall River Public Schools election in 2013:
|April 23, 2013||First day to pick up nominating petitions|
|July 19, 2013||Last day to pick up nominating petitions|
|July 23, 2013||Last day to file nominating petitions|
|October 16, 2013||Last day to register to vote in the city general election|
|November 5, 2013||Election day|
Additional elections on the ballot
This election only shared the ballot with other municipal elections. Fall River's Mayor and School Committee Chair, Will Flanagan, won re-election this year. All nine seats on the City Council were also up for election.
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- Fall River Public Schools, Massachusetts
- List of school board elections in 2013
- Bristol County, Massachusetts ballot measures
- Local ballot measures, Massachusetts
- United States Census Bureau, "Bristol County, Massachusetts," accessed November 18, 2013
- Massachusetts Secretary of State, "Enrollment Breakdown as of 2/15/2012," accessed November 18, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- Fall River Public Schools, "FRPS Policy Manual," accessed November 18, 2013
- Will Richmond, The Herald News, "Fall River City Council sets 2013 municipal election calendar," January 23, 2013
- The Herald News, "Our View: HN's endorsements for Fall River School Committee," accessed November 18, 2013
- City of Fall River, Massachusetts, "Campaign Finance Reports - Jan. 1, 2013 to Oct. 18, 2013," accessed December 23, 2013
- City of Fall River, Massachusetts, "Campaign Finance Reports," accessed December 23, 2013
- City of Fall River, Massachusetts, "Form CPF M 102: Campaign Finance Report Municipal Form," accessed December 23, 2013
- Jo C. Goode, The Herald News, "No changes in order following release of official Fall River election results," November 13, 2013