Ann M. Sweeney
|Ann M. Sweeney|
|Waterbury Board of Education, At-large|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|First elected||November 2005|
|High school||Crosby High School|
|Profession||Customer service representative|
Sweeney graduated from Crosby High School in 1973 and currently works as a customer service representative at Hubbard Hall Inc. She and her husband, Robert, have two children.
Sweeney lost re-election to the board as an unaffiliated candidate against nine other candidates on November 5, 2013. She previously won election as an Independent Party candidate but did not seek the party's endorsement and ran as a petitioning candidate on the ballot.
|Waterbury Public Schools, General Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|Democratic||Karen E. Harvey Incumbent||17.5%||5,883|
|Democratic||Felix Rodriguez Incumbent||16%||5,361|
|Republican||Charles L. Stango Incumbent||12.1%||4,083|
|Republican||Thomas Van Stone, Sr.||10.6%||3,551|
|Republican||John F. Alseph Jr.||9.1%||3,062|
|Independent||Margaret A. O'Brien||6.2%||2,090|
|Independent||James K. Russell||5%||1,673|
|Independent||Kimberly A. Sidoti||4.8%||1,623|
|Petitioning Candidate||Ann M. Sweeney Incumbent||3.2%||1,082|
|Source: Connecticut Secretary of State, "Municipal Elections - November 5, 2013," accessed December 16, 2013|
Ann M. Sweeney has not reported any contributions or expenditures to the Connecticut State Elections Enforcement Commission.
On her campaign's Facebook page, Sweeney explained her decision to run without endorsement in 2013:
"After 2 successful 4 year terms elected on a party line, I have made the decision to run as a petitioning candidate. Board of Education members should be there for the students and the district. Making decisions based on those needs may not always meet a party line philosophy. But our charge is students first always. I believe we should ALL run head to head without party ties. I hope this transition will confirm to voters that I am not about the politics of any party, I am all about the needs of the students and the district."
Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.
What was at stake?
Five seats were at stake. Incumbent Democrats Karen E. Harvey and Felix Rodriguez, as well as incumbent Republican Charles L. Stango and incumbent Independent Ann M. Sweeney were on the ballot. Sweeney, who ran without endorsement, was the only candidate who did not win re-election to the board. Democrat Jose Morales did not seek re-election in 2013.
About the district
- See also: Waterbury Public Schools, Connecticut
Waterbury lagged behind state rates for poverty, median income and higher education achievement in 2010. The city had a poverty rate of 20.6% in the 2010 U.S. Census while the state rate was 9.5%. The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Waterbury's median income at $41,499 while the state median income was $69,243. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (17.2%) is below 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 100.0%. Each column will add up to 100.0% after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.
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- Republican-American, "Ann M. Sweeney," October 26, 2009
- Republican-American, "Board veteran runs unaffiliated," August 16, 2013
- Ann Sweeney BOE Campaign 2013, "About," accessed October 11, 2013
- City of Waterbury, "United States Census Data," accessed October 8, 2013
- Connecticut Secretary of State, "Election Results," accessed October 8, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014