Quincy Public Schools elections (2013)

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2013 Quincy Public Schools Elections

General Election date:
November 5, 2013
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional measures
External links
See also
Quincy Public Schools, Massachusetts
Norfolk County, Massachusetts ballot measures
Local ballot measures, Massachusetts
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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
Quincy Public Schools is located in Norfolk County, Massachusetts
Quincy Public Schools is located in Norfolk County, Massachusetts. The county seat of Norfolk County is Dedham. According to the 2010 US Census, Norfolk County is home to 681,845 residents.[1]


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.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2012[1]
Race Norfolk County (%) Massachusetts (%)
White 82.3 83.7
Black or African American 6.4 7.9
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.2 0.5
Asian 9.3 5.8
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander Z 0.1
Two or More Races 1.6 2.0
Hispanic or Latino 3.6 10.1

Party Affiliation, 2012[2]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 153,776 34.67
Republican 52,238 11.78
Green-Rainbow 339 0.08
Unaffiliated 235,608 53.12
Other 1,594 0.36

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.[3]

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.[4]

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.[5]





  • Anne Mahoney
    • Incumbent
    • Graduate, Suffolk University
    • Vice president of marketing, Verisk HealthCare
  • Noel DiBona
    • Graduate, University of Massachusetts, Boston
    • Owner, Russ DiBona and Son Landscaping

Election results

Quincy Public Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngNoel DiBona 29.5% 6,482
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAnne Mahoney Incumbent 25.3% 5,558
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBarbara Isola Incumbent 23.1% 5,066
     Nonpartisan Emily Lebo Incumbent 21.8% 4,793
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.3% 62
Total Votes 21,961
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.[6] 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.[7]

Campaign finance

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.[8]

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Barbara Isola $3,520.00 $2,722.44 $2,043.87
Emily Lebo $9,732.00 $6,383.22 $6,023.76
Anne Mahoney $7,350.00 $3,817.84 -$4,763.67
Noel DiBona $9,940.00 $7,937.65 $2,002.35

Past elections

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.

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Quincy Public Schools election in 2013:[5]

Deadline Event
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.[9]

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