Artie Kassimis

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Artie Kassimis
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Norwalk Board of Education, At-large
Term ends
November 2017
Years in position 4
Board Vice Chair
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Next generalNovember 2017
AppointedMay 11, 2011
Term limitsN/A
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Arie Kassimis is an at-large member of the Norwalk Board of Education. He won re-election to the board as a Republican candidate against nine other candidates on November 5, 2013. Kassimis was first appointed to the board in May 2011.[1] He was also a Republican candidate for District 25 of the Connecticut State Senate but lost to Bob Duff on November 2, 2010.


Kassimis attended Iona College and previously worked at Purdue Frederick. He is a former IT executive who currently serves as the pastor of World Alive Bible Church. Kassimis has been a Little League baseball and youth softball coach since 1998.[2][3]


Interview with Artie Kassimis


See also: Norwalk Public Schools elections (2013)


Kassimis won election to a first full term on the board against nine other candidates for four seats on November 5, 2013. He ran on the Republican slate along with incumbents Sue Haynie and challengers John G. Bazzano and Lauren Rosato.


Norwalk Public Schools, General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngHeidi Keyes Incumbent 12.2% 6,985
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngArtie Kassimis Incumbent 12.1% 6,917
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngShirley Mosby 11.8% 6,734
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSherelle Harris 11.5% 6,574
     Republican Sue Haynie Incumbent 11.4% 6,500
     Democratic Haroldo Williams 10.9% 6,234
     Republican John Bazzano 10.7% 6,130
     Republican Lauren Rosato 10.7% 6,109
     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
Total Votes 57,193
Source: Connecticut Secretary of State, "Municipal Elections - November 5, 2013," accessed December 17, 2013


Artie Kassimis did not report any contributions or expenditures to the Connecticut State Elections Enforcement Commission.

Past elections

Campaign themes


Kassimis explained his top priorities in the 2013 campaign in an interview with the League of Women Voters of Norwalk:[6]

My priorities will be to continue to work with our Superintendent to raise the bar for our schools and ensure that every student receives an equitable education.

Continue to implement the recommendations of our financial audit to ensure that the Norwalk School system remains fiscally sound. These recommendations will enable us to properly align our budget with the goals of our School system.

Work closely with our city’s Police and Fire Departments and ensure that all security measures are being followed.

Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.

What was at stake

Democratic incumbents Leticia Colon, Thomas Mulligan, Jr. and Bobby Simmons did not file for re-election in 2013. The Democratic primary yielded a slate including Andre Baker, Jr., Dave Hennessey and Howard Gardner. Although the candidates were not endorsed by the party's town committee, all three won election to the board.[7] The Bridgeport Republican Town Committee selected Steve Best, John Weldon and Joe Larcheveque as their candidates for the board. Weldon was the only Republican pick to not win election to the board.[8] The Working Families Party sought to retain two seats and pick up a Democratic seat by endorsing incumbent Sauda Baraka and Eric Stewart-Alicea, as well as Democratic candidate Baker. Neither Baraka nor Stewart-Alicea won election to the board.[9]

About the district

See also: Norwalk Public Schools, Connecticut
Norwalk Public Schools is located in Fairfield County, Connecticut
Norwalk Public Schools is located in Fairfield County in southwestern Connecticut. The City of Norwalk is located along the Long Island Sound with the Norwalk River running past the city's downtown district. The population of Norwalk was 85,603 according to the 2010 Census.[10]


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%).[10]

Racial Demographics, 2010[10]
Race Norwalk (%) Connecticut (%)
White 87.7 77.6
Black or African American 14.2 10.1
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4 0.3
Asian 4.8 3.8
Two or More Races 2.8 2.6
Hispanic or Latino 24.3 13.4

Presidential Voting Pattern[11]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 63 36
2008 65.5 33.8
2004 58.2 40
2000 59.9 35.8

Note: Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" percentage, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off. Read more about race and ethnicity in the Census here.[12]

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