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|Former candidate for|
|Norwalk Board of Education, At-large|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|Bachelor's||Southern Connecticut State University|
|Master's||Southern Connecticut State University|
Roman earned a B.S. in Sociology and a Master's degree in Community Counseling from Southern Connecticut State University. He is currently an adult probation officer at CSSD after working as the domestic violence program manager for Family ReEntry. Roman is currently serving his second stint as a combat engineer with the U.S. Army National Guard.
- See also: Norwalk Public Schools elections (2013)
Roman lost election to the board against nine other candidates for four seats on November 5, 2013. He ran with Steve Colarossi as part of the Norwalk Community Values slate.
|Norwalk Public Schools, General Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|Democratic||Heidi Keyes Incumbent||12.2%||6,985|
|Republican||Artie Kassimis Incumbent||12.1%||6,917|
|Republican||Sue Haynie Incumbent||11.4%||6,500|
|Norwalk Community Values||Steve Colarossi Incumbent||3.6%||2,073|
|Norwalk Community Values||Andres Roman||3.1%||1,795|
|Working Families||Shirley Mosby||1.1%||610|
|Working Families||Heidi Keyes||0.9%||532|
|Source: Connecticut Secretary of State, "Municipal Elections - November 5, 2013," accessed December 17, 2013|
Andres Roman did not report any contributions or expenditures to the Connecticut State Elections Enforcement Commission.
The Norwalk Community Values Party website explains Roman's qualifications for election:
"Andres Roman serves in a combat engineering division of the Army National Guard. He knows that careful planning is critical to developing a cohesive plan of action.
These are the same skills he uses as a probation officer. Every client he serves isn’t just told to stay out of trouble, but is guided on how to develop a carefully planned course of action to significantly improve the choices that must be made every day of his or her life."
Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.
What was at stake?
Four seats were at stake. Incumbents Steve Colarossi, Sue Haynie, Artie Kassimis and Heidi Keyes were on the ballot. Of the incumbents, only Democratic candidate Keyes and Republican candidate Kassimis won re-election to the board. The ballot featured a total of ten candidates, including four candidates each from the local Democratic and Republican Town Committees and a pair of candidates from the Norwalk Community Values Party. The Working Families Party endorsed Democratic candidates Heidi Keyes and Shirley Mosby for the November 5 election. Neither of the Norwalk Community Values Party candidates, Steve Colarossi nor Andres Roman, won election to the board.
About the district
- See also: Norwalk Public Schools, Connecticut
Norwalk outperforms the rest of Connecticut based on median income, poverty levels and higher education achievement. The 2010 U.S. Census found the median income in Norwalk was $76,384 while the state median income was $69,243. The city's poverty rate was 8% compared to the state's 9.5% poverty rate. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (40.2%) was lower than the state average (35.7%).
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. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
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- Norwalk Community Values, "Andres Roman's Background," accessed October 15, 2013
- Norwalk Community Values, "The Changes We Need and Our Children Deserve," accessed October 15, 2013
- The Hour, " Norwalk Democrats receive endorsement of Connecticut Working Families Party," September 4, 2013
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Norwalk," accessed October 24, 2013
- Connecticut Secretary of State, "Election Results," accessed October 10, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014