|Hartford Board of Education, At-large|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|First elected||November 5, 2013|
|Next general||November, 2017|
|Ph.D.||Penn State University|
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.
- 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|
|Working Families||Robert Cotto, Jr. Incumbent||18.8%||1,135|
|Source: City of Hartford, "City of Hartford Municipal Election," accessed December 16, 2013|
Achieve Hartford interview
Parker explained her reasons for running for a board seat in 2013 on her campaign website:
"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.
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. 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 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%).
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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- Beth Parker for the Hartford Board of Education, "About Beth Parker," accessed October 14, 2013
- University of Hartford, "Beth Parker," accessed October 14, 2013
- The Courant, "Hartford Voters To Decide On Charter Revision, School Board Race," November 5, 2013
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Hartford," 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