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Revision as of 20:33, 4 May 2014

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2013 New Bedford Public Schools Elections

General Election date:
November 5, 2013
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
Elections
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
References
See also
Massachusetts
New Bedford Public Schools
Bristol County, Massachusetts ballot measures
Local ballot measures, Massachusetts
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Four seats on the School Committee for New Bedford Public Schools were up for primary election on October 8, 2013 and in the general election on November 5, 2013. Incumbents Jack Nobrega and Lawrence J. Finnerty and newcomer Josh Amaral defeated challengers Brian Pastori, Christopher A. Cotter and Maria H. Mojica-Mosquea to win the three at-large seats with full four-year terms. Incumbent Bruce Oliveira ran unopposed and won an at-large seat with an unexpired two-year term.

About the district

See also: New Bedford Public Schools, Massachusetts
New Bedford Public Schools is located in Bristol County, Massachusetts
New Bedford Public Schools is located in Bristol County, Massachusetts. The county seat of Bristol County is Taunton. According to the 2010 US Census, Bristol County is home to 551,082 residents.[1]

Demographics

Bristol County underperformed the rest of Massachusetts in terms of its poverty rate, median rates of average household income and higher education achievement in 2011. The poverty rate in Bristol County was 11.3% compared to 10.7% for the entire state. The median household income in Bristol County was $55,813 compared to $65,981 for the state of Massachusetts. 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.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2012[1]
Race Bristol County (%) Massachusetts (%)
White 91.1 83.7
Black or African American 4.3 7.9
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.6 0.5
Asian 2.1 5.8
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.8 2.0
Hispanic or Latino 6.4 10.1

Party Affiliation, 2012[2]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 123,044 36.43
Republican 34,914 10.34
Green-Rainbow 320 0.09
Unaffiliated 177,632 52.60
Other 1,800 0.53

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.[3]

Method of board member selection

The New Bedford School Committee consists of seven members, six of whom are elected to four-year terms. Each of those six members are elected at-large by all residents in the school district. The seventh member and Chairman is New Bedford's Mayor, who is currently Jonathan F. Mitchell. The primary election was held on October 8, 2013, and the general election was held on November 5, 2013.

Individuals interested in running for the board began obtaining nominating papers on May 20, 2013. The deadline to submit nomination papers for signature certification for the 2013 general election was August 20, and the filing deadline was September 3.[4]

Elections

2013

Candidates

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  • Brian Pastori
    • Graduate, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth
    • Staffer, Community Economic Development Center
  • Christopher A. Cotter
    • Graduate, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth
    • Detective, New Bedford Police Department
  • Maria H. Mojica-Mosquea
    • Graduate, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth
    • Resident service coordinator, New Bedford Housing Authority

  • Bruce Oliveira
    • Incumbent
    • Graduate, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth
    • Small business owner

Election results

New Bedford Public Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLawrence J. Finnerty Incumbent 19.3% 4,489
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJosh Amaral 19.3% 4,472
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJack Nobrega Incumbent 16.9% 3,921
     Nonpartisan Maria H. Mojica-Mosquea 15.9% 3,687
     Nonpartisan Christopher A. Cotter 15.1% 3,514
     Nonpartisan Brian Pastori 13.4% 3,107
     Nonpartisan Write-in 0.1% 33
Total Votes 23,223
Source: New Bedford Guide, "2013 New Bedford Election Results," accessed November 6, 2013


New Bedford Public Schools, At-large General Election, 2-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBruce Oliveira Incumbent 100% 6,501
Total Votes 6,501
Source: Information submitted to Ballotpedia from the New Bedford Election Commission on December 18, 2013.


New Bedford Public Schools, At-large Primary Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLawrence J. Finnerty Incumbent 19.9% 2,682
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJack Nobrega Incumbent 18.5% 2,486
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJosh Amaral 16.2% 2,183
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngChristopher A. Cotter 13.8% 1,856
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMaria H. Mojica-Mosquea 13% 1,750
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBrian Pastori 11.7% 1,569
     Nonpartisan Michael Janson 7% 938
Total Votes 13,464
Source: New Bedford, Massachusetts, "Preliminary Election," accessed October 9, 2013

Endorsements

Both the New Bedford Democratic City Committee and the Coalition for Social Justice endorsed Brian Pastori and Maria H. Mojica-Mosquea for the school board seats.[5][6] The Standard-Times also endorsed Mojica-Mosquea, along with Josh Amaral and incumbent Lawrence J. Finnerty.[7]

Campaign finance

Candidates received a total of $4,604.58 and spent a total of $9,109.88 during the election, according to the City of New Bedford.[8]

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Jack Nobrega $0.00 $5,509.06 $82,488.99
Lawrence J. Finnerty $800.00 $400.44 $5,363.96
Brian Pastori $520.00 $320.99 $1,794.00
Josh Amaral $1,095.00 $1,561.97 $1,470.94
Christopher A. Cotter $0.00 $16.01 -$16.01
Maria H. Mojica-Mosquea $2,198.58 $1,131.32 $1,603.38
Michael Janson $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Bruce Oliveira $0.00 $170.00 $5353.57

Past elections

What was at stake?

Incumbents Jack Nobrega, John Fletcher and Bruce Oliveira announced that they would file for re-election. Oliveira ran unopposed for a two-year term, all other candidates competed for three seats with three-year terms.[9] On August 13, incumbent Lawrence J. Finnerty announced that he would seek municipal office rather than re-election to the School Committee, which left one board seat vacant.[10] South Coast Today journalist Natalie Sherman notes that Finnerty was an independent voice on the board, and that, ."..his retirement could shift the internal dynamics of the board."[11] However, Fletcher and Finnerty both ultimately decided to reverse their decisions. Five challengers, Brian Pastori, Josh Amaral, Christopher A. Cotter, Maria H. Mojica-Mosquea and Michael Janson also filed for the four available School Committee seats. In the end, both incumbents, Nobrega and Fletcher, retained their seats and Amaral won a seat on the board.[11]

Issues

In August, 2013, Superintendent Pia Durkin announced that the school district would be laying off more than 200 employees, including 150 teachers. These cuts came in response to significant budgetary problems within the district, and Superintendent Durkin has confirmed that these cuts are final and will not be reversed, unlike layoffs in previous years.[12] Following the announcement of the cuts, Superintendent Durkin admitted that the cuts "created a great deal of angst" in the community.[13] The school district also has "one of the worst records in the state in terms of student test scores and graduation rates."[13] The school board voted to open an "innovation school" to address academic performance issues in the district, which resulted in a backlash from challenger Josh Amaral and the local teachers union, the New Bedford Educators Association.[11]

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the New Bedford Public Schools election in 2013:[4]

Deadline Event
May 20, 2013 First day to pick up nomination papers
August 20, 2013 Last day to submit nomination papers for signature certification
September 3, 2013 Last day to file nomination papers with the Board of Election Commissioners.
September 5, 2013 Last day and hour for filing withdrawals or objections to nomination papers
September 18, 2013 Last day to register to vote in the city primary election
October 1, 2013 Last day for candidates and PACs to file campaign finance reports
October 8, 2013 Primary election day
October 14, 2013 Last day to file recount petitions
October 16, 2013 Last day to register to vote in the city general election
October 28, 2013 Last day for candidates and PACs to file campaign finance reports
November 5, 2013 Election day
November 15, 2013 Last day to file recount petitions

Additional elections on the ballot

This election only shared the ballot with other municipal elections, including the re-election effort of Mayor Jonathan F. Mitchell, who serves as the Chairman of the School Committee. No additional measures appeared on the ballot.

See also

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