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Revision as of 20:01, 7 April 2014

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2013 Newton 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
Newton Public Schools
Middlesex County, Massachusetts ballot measures
Local ballot measures, Massachusetts
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Eight seats on the School Committee for Newton Public Schools were up for general election on November 5, 2013. Incumbents Angela Pitter-Wright, Diana Fisher Gomberg, Steven Siegel, Matt Hills and Margie Ross Decter ran unopposed and won the Ward 3, 4, 5, 7 and 8 seats, respectively. Newcomers Ellen P. Gibson and Ruth E. Goldman ran unopposed for the Ward 1 and 6 seats, while Margaret L. Albright defeated Andrea R. Steenstrup for the Ward 2 seat.

About the district

See also: Newton Public Schools, Massachusetts
Newton Public Schools is located in Middlesex County, Massachusetts
Newton Public Schools is located in Middlesex County, Massachusetts. The county seats of Middlesex County are Lowell and Cambridge. According to the 2010 US Census, Middlesex County is home to 1,537,215 residents.[1]

Demographics

Middlesex County outperformed 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 Middlesex County was 7.7% compared to 10.7% for the entire state. The median household income in Middlesex County was $79,691 compared to $65,981 for the state of Massachusetts. The US Census also found that 49.8% of Middlesex County residents aged 25 years and older attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 38.7% in Massachusetts.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2012[1]
Race Middlesex County (%) Massachusetts (%)
White 82.3 83.7
Black or African American 5.3 7.9
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 0.5
Asian 10.1 5.8
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 2.0 2.0
Hispanic or Latino 7.0 10.1

Party Affiliation, 2012[2]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 342,112 36.90
Republican 96,970 10.46
Green-Rainbow 1,134 0.12
Unaffiliated 483,119 52.11
Other 3,854 0.42

Method of board member selection

The Newton School Committee consists of nine members, eight of whom are elected to two-year terms. The ninth member and Chair of the board is Newton's mayor. The other eight members of the board are elected at-large by the district as a whole, although each member represents a different ward in the school district. There was no primary election and the general election was held on November 5, 2013. All eight seats were on the ballot in 2013.[3] The filing deadline for the 2013 general election was July 30.[4]

Elections

2013

Candidates

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  • Ellen P. Gibson
    • Graduate, Boston University School of Law
    • Retired attorney

  • Angela Pitter-Wright
    • Incumbent
    • Graduate, Boston University
    • Senior program manager, Hewlett Packard Corporation

  • Matt Hills
    • Incumbent
    • Graduate, Harvard Business School
    • Managing director, LLM Capital Partners

Election results

Newton Public Schools, Ward 1 General Election, 2-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngEllen P. Gibson 99% 5,705
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 1% 56
Total Votes 5,761
Source: Newton, Massachusetts, "Official Results - November 5, 2013," accessed December 18, 2013


Newton Public Schools, Ward 2 General Election, 2-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMargaret L. Albright 52.6% 5,107
     Nonpartisan Andrea R. Steenstrup 47.2% 4,585
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.2% 19
Total Votes 9,711
Source: Newton, Massachusetts, "Official Results - November 5, 2013," accessed December 18, 2013


Newton Public Schools, Ward 3 General Election, 2-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAngela Pitter-Wright Incumbent 99.1% 5,467
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.9% 51
Total Votes 5,518
Source: Newton, Massachusetts, "Official Results - November 5, 2013," accessed December 18, 2013


Newton Public Schools, Ward 4 General Election, 2-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDiana Fisher Gomberg Incumbent 99% 5,904
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 1% 57
Total Votes 5,961
Source: Newton, Massachusetts, "Official Results - November 5, 2013," accessed December 18, 2013


Newton Public Schools, Ward 5 General Election, 2-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSteven Siegel Incumbent 99.3% 5,797
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.7% 38
Total Votes 5,835
Source: Newton, Massachusetts, "Official Results - November 5, 2013," accessed December 18, 2013


Newton Public Schools, Ward 6 General Election, 2-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRuth E. Goldman 99.2% 5,542
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.8% 46
Total Votes 5,588
Source: Newton, Massachusetts, "Official Results - November 5, 2013," accessed December 18, 2013


Newton Public Schools, Ward 7 General Election, 2-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMatt Hills Incumbent 99.2% 5,548
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.8% 46
Total Votes 5,594
Source: Newton, Massachusetts, "Official Results - November 5, 2013," accessed December 18, 2013


Newton Public Schools, Ward 8 General Election, 2-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMargie Ross Decter Incumbent 99.4% 5,658
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.6% 37
Total Votes 5,695
Source: Newton, Massachusetts, "Official Results - November 5, 2013," accessed December 18, 2013

Endorsements

In the Ward 2 race, Andrea R. Steenstrup received endorsements from the Newton Teachers Association, State Senator Cynthia Stone Creem and many Newton School Committee members and local Aldermen.[5][6] Her opponent, Margaret L. Albright, received an endorsement from the Newton TAB.[7]

Campaign finance

Candidates received a total of $20,215.10 and spent a total of $10,113.29 during the election, according to the Newton Election Commission.[8]

In the Ward 1 race, Ellen P. Gibson received a total of $4,241.00 and spent a total of $3,094.23.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Ellen P. Gibson $4,241.00 $3,094.23 $1,146.77

In the Ward 2 race, candidates received a total of $13,784.15 and spent a total of $6,038.07.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Margaret L. Albright $3,919.15 $1,370.70 $2,027.11
Andrea R. Steenstrup $9,865.00 $4,667.37 $5,197.63

In the Ward 3 race, no contributions or expenditures were reported during the election.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Angela Pitter-Wright $0.00 $0.00 -$274.10

In the Ward 4 race, Diana Fisher Gomberg received no contributions but spent a total of $30.00.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Diana Fisher Gomberg $0.00 $30.00 $35.63

In the Ward 5 race, no contributions or expenditures were reported during the election.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Steven Siegel $0.00 $0.00 -$3,251.17

In the Ward 6 race, Ruth E. Goldman received a total of $1,840.00 and spent a total of $921.05.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Ruth E. Goldman $1,840.00 $921.05 $918.95

In the Ward 7 race, no contributions or expenditures were reported during the election.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Matt Hills $0 $0 $65.68

In the Ward 8 race, Margie Ross Decter received a total of $349.95 and spent a total of $59.94.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Margie Ross Decter $349.95 $59.94 $2,000.07

Past elections

What was at stake?

There were eight seats on the school board up for election on November 5, 2013. Five incumbents ran unopposed for re-election, including Angela Pitter-Wright, Diana Fisher Gomberg, Steven Siegel, Matt Hills and Margie Ross Decter. Fellow incumbents Geoff Epstein, Jonathan Yeo and Chairperson Claire Sokoloff did not file for re-election. Newcomers Ellen P. Gibson and Ruth E. Goldman ran unopposed for Epstein and Sokoloff's seats, respectively. The only contested race was in Ward 2 for Yeo's seat, for which Margaret L. Albright defeated Andrea R. Steenstrup.[9]

Key deadlines

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

Deadline Event
July 23, 2013 Last day to file nominating petitions
November 5, 2013 Election day

Additional elections on the ballot

This election only shared the ballot with other municipal elections. Newton's Mayor and School Committee Chair, Setti Warren, won re-election this year. All 24 seats on the Board of Aldermen were also up for election.[9][10]

See also

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