Quincy Public Schools elections (2013)
Method of election
What was at stake?
Quincy Public Schools, Massachusetts
Norfolk County, Massachusetts ballot measures
Local ballot measures, Massachusetts
Three seats on the School Committee for Quincy Public Schools were up for general election on November 5, 2013. Incumbents Barbara Isola and Anne Mahoney and newcomer Noel DiBona defeated incumbent Emily Lebo to win the three at-large seats.
About the district
- See also: Quincy Public Schools, Massachusetts
Norfolk County outperformed the rest of Massachusetts in terms of its median rates of average household income, poverty rates and higher education achievement in 2011. The median household income in Norfolk County was $83,733 compared to $65,981 for the state of Massachusetts. The poverty rate in Norfolk County was 6.3% compared to 10.7% for the entire state. The US Census also found that 48.2% of Norfolk 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, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.
Method of board member selection
The Quincy School Committee consists of seven members, six of whom are elected to four-year terms. The seventh member and Chair of the board is Quincy's mayor. All of 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. Three seats were on the ballot in 2013.
Individuals interested in running for the board began circulating nominating petitions on May 7, 2013. The filing deadline for school board candidates to get on the ballot in the 2013 general election was July 30, and the deadline to withdraw from the race was August 15. Each candidate had to file a nomination petition to the Board of Registrars for certification and certified petition to the City Clerk.
|Quincy Public Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Anne Mahoney Incumbent||25.3%||5,558|
|Nonpartisan||Barbara Isola Incumbent||23.1%||5,066|
|Nonpartisan||Emily Lebo Incumbent||21.8%||4,793|
|Source: City of Quincy, "Election Summary Report," accessed December 18, 2013|
Incumbents Barbara Isola and Emily Lebo received endorsements for their campaigns from the Quincy Education Association teachers union. Fellow incumbent Anne Mahoney received endorsements for her campaign from several local labor organizations, including the Pipefitters' Association Local 537, Plumbers & Gasfitters Local 12, Bridge & Structural Iron Workers Union Local 7, I.B.E.W. Local 103 and I.B.E.W. Local 222.
Candidates received a total of $30,542.00 and spent a total of $20,861.15 during the election, according to the Quincy Election Department.
|Candidate||Contributions||Expenditures||Cash on hand|
Information about earlier elections can be found by clicking [show] at the right.
What was at stake?
There were three seats on the school board up for election on November 5, 2013. All three incumbents sought re-election to the board and they faced only one challenger. Barbara Isola, Emily Lebo and Anne Mahoney attempted to defend their seats from newcomer Noel DiBona. However, Lebo lost her seat to DiBona.
The following dates were key deadlines for the Quincy Public Schools election in 2013:
|May 7, 2013||First day to pick up nominating petitions|
|July 30, 2013||Last day to file nominating petitions|
|August 15, 2013||Last day to withdrawal or file objections|
|October 16, 2013||Last day to register to vote in the city general election|
|November 5, 2013||Election day|
|January 21, 2014||Last day to file to file campaign finance reports|
Additional elections on the ballot
This election shared the ballot with other municipal elections and ballot measures. Quincy's Mayor and School Committee Chair, Thomas Koch, was not up for election this year. The first ballot measure was a binding citizens petition that would extend the term of office for Quincy's mayor from two to four years. The second ballot measure was a binding measure added to the ballot by the Quincy City Council that would increase the city's community preservation fund. The third ballot measure was a nonbinding citizen petition regarding whether or not to merge the district's two high schools. This measure was purely advisory and will not determine whether or not the high schools are merged together.
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- Quincy Public Schools, Massachusetts
- List of school board elections in 2013
- Norfolk County, Massachusetts ballot measures
- Local ballot measures, Massachusetts
- United States Census Bureau, "Norfolk County, Massachusetts," accessed October 24, 2013
- Massachusetts Secretary of State, "Enrollment Breakdown as of 2/15/2012," accessed October 24, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- Quincy Public Schools, "The Quincy School Committee," August 4, 2011
- City of Quincy, "Political Calendar 2013," accessed October 24, 2013
- Quincy Education Association, "QEA Home," accessed October 24, 2013
- Anne Mahoney - School Committee, "Endorsements," accessed October 29, 2013
- City of Quincy, "Campaign Finance Reports," accessed December 23, 2013
- Patrick Ronan, Patriot Ledger, "Big year for ballot questions in Quincy, Randolph," October 18, 2013