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Beth Parker
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Hartford Board of Education, At-large
Term ends
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 5, 2013
Next generalNovember, 2017
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sCornell University
Ph.D.Penn State University
ProfessionResearch scientist
Campaign website
Beth Parker is a member for an at-large seat on the Hartford Board of Education. She first won election to the board as a Democratic candidate on November 5, 2013.


Parker earned a B.S. in Nutritional Sciences from Cornell University. She later received a Ph.D. in Kinesiology from Penn State University. Parker is a research scientist at Hartford Hospital as well as the director of the Center for Health, Care and Well-being at the University of Hartford. She has two children who are currently attending district schools.[1][2]



See also: Hartford Public Schools elections (2013)

Parker and fellow Democratic slate newcomers Michael Brescia and Craig Stallings won election to the board on November 5, 2013. Independent incumbent Robert Cotto, Jr. retained his seat, but fellow independent candidate Joe Gonzalez lost.

Hartford Public Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBeth Parker 29.1% 1,755
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Brescia 26.3% 1,588
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCraig Stallings 23.3% 1,404
     Working Families Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Cotto, Jr. Incumbent 18.8% 1,135
     Independent Joe Gonzalez 2.5% 152
Total Votes 6,034
Source: City of Hartford, "City of Hartford Municipal Election," accessed December 16, 2013

Campaign themes


Achieve Hartford interview

Parker explained her reasons for running for a board seat in 2013 on her campaign website:[1]

"I will be an effective candidate for the Hartford BOE because I am willing to spend time listening to and communicating with the myriad voices that shape and influence educational policy. With projected city and state deficits influencing money allocated to education, the BOE will be forced to focus on financial accountability and address how to push reform forward when resources may be limited. Communication between the superintendent, HPS administrators and the BOE will be critical in this process. A potential BOE member must also be willing to interact with community members, listen to concerns of various parents and educators, and take this input back to the BOE. I am a strong communicator and will bring this strength to my candidacy to ensure that I represent the children, parents and residents for whom I am running."

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

Campaign finance

Beth Parker reported no contributions or expenditures to the Connecticut State Elections Enforcement Commission.

What was at stake?

Incumbents Elizabeth Brad Noel, Lori Hudson and Luis Rodriguez-Davila did not file for re-election in 2013. The Hartford Democratic Town Committee endorsed a slate of newcomers including Michael Brescia, Beth Parker and Craig Stallings. The Connecticut Working Families Party endorsed incumbent Robert Cotto, Jr. for re-election. Joe Gonzalez ran as a write-in candidate after failing to earn the endorsement of the Democratic Town Committee.[3] The biggest decision facing the board beyond November 2013 is the selection of a new superintendent.

About the district

See also: Hartford Public Schools, Connecticut
Hartford Public Schools is located in Hartford County, Connecticut
Hartford Public Schools is located in the heart of Hartford County in central Connecticut. The City of Hartford is the county seat of Hartford County and the state capital. The population of Hartford is 124,775 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[4]


Hartford lags behind the rest of Connecticut based on median income, poverty levels and higher education achievement. The 2010 U.S. Census found the median income in Hartford was $29,107 while the state median income was $69,243. The city's poverty rate was 32.9% compared to the state's 9.5% poverty rate. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (14.3%) was lower than the state average (35.7%).[4]

Racial Demographics, 2010[4]
Race Hartford (%) Connecticut (%)
White 29.8 77.6
Black or African American 38.7 10.1
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.6 0.3
Asian 2.8 3.8
Two or More Races 4.2 2.6
Hispanic or Latino 43.4 13.4

Presidential Voting Pattern[5]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 93.2 6.2
2008 91.9 7.8
2004 79.6 16.3
2000 80.2 11.6

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.[6] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

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