Dolores Burgess

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Stamford Board of Education, At-large
In office
October 6, 2014 -
Term ends
December 1, 2015
Years in position 1
PredecessorRichard Lyons II (D)
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
AppointedOctober 6, 2014
Appointed byStamford Board of Representatives
Term limitsN/A
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Dolores Burgess is at-large Democratic member of the Stamford Board of Education. She was appointed to the board by the Stamford Board of Representatives on October 6, 2014, to fill the vacancy created by Richard Lyons II's resignation. Her term expires December 1, 2015.[1]

Burgess previously ran unsuccessfully for the board on November 5, 2013, and November 6, 2012.


Burgess is a retired educator who currently serves as a volunteer tutor at Stamford High School. She is also the Education Committee Chairperson for the Stamford NAACP. Burgess is the mother of one child who attended district schools.[2]



See also: Stamford Public Schools elections (2013)

Burgess lost election to the board against five other candidates for three available seats on November 5, 2013.

Election results

Stamford Public Schools, General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngGeoff Alswanger Incumbent 22.5% 11,311
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Lyons, II Incumbent 20.9% 10,500
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Leydon, Jr. Incumbent 19.7% 9,906
     Democratic Dolores Burgess 18.4% 9,238
     Democratic Nicola Tarzia 16.5% 8,314
     Green Richard Duffee 2% 994
Total Votes 50,263
Source: Connecticut Secretary of State, "Municipal Elections - November 5, 2013," accessed December 17, 2013


Dolores Burgess has not reported any contributions or expenditures to the Connecticut State Elections Enforcement Commission.

Past elections


Burgess sought a seat on the board on November 6, 2012 and placed third but only one Democratic was available in the election.

Stamford Board of Education, At-large, November 6, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPolly Rauh 22.2% 23,087
     Democratic Dolores Burgess 21.6% 22,465
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJerry Pia 18.1% 18,814
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLorraine Olson 16.5% 17,118
     Republican Jon Hoch 15.6% 16,173
     Green Michael Schmidt 4% 4,185
     Green Cora Santaguida 2.1% 2,139
Total Votes 103,981
Source: Stamford Patch

What was at stake?

Three seats were at stake. Incumbent Democrats Geoff Alswanger and Richard Lyons, II and incumbent Republican John Leydon, Jr. were on the ballot. All three won re-election to the board against Democratic challenger Dolores Burgess, Republican challenger Nicola Tarzia and Green Party challenger Richard Duffee.


The Board of Education is currently dealing with the issue of overcrowding that has emerged due to population growth in Fairfield County and inadequate infrastructure investment. Superintendent Winifred Hamilton has suggested five options for dealing with overcrowded classrooms including the use of 20 portable classrooms, renovating an office building to serve as a school and investing in a new school that would require up to 30 months of development.[3]

About the district

See also: Stamford Public Schools, Connecticut
Stamford Public Schools is located in Fairfield County, Connecticut
Stamford Public Schools is located in Fairfield County in southwestern Connecticut. The population of Stamford was 122,643 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[4]


Stamford outperforms the rest of Connecticut based on median income and poverty levels but lags behind in higher education achievement. The 2010 U.S. Census found the median income in Stamford was $78,201 while the state median income was $69,243. The city's poverty rate was 11% compared to the state's 9.5% poverty rate. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (43.9%) was higher than the state average (35.7%).[4]

Racial Demographics, 2010[4]
Race Stamford (%) Connecticut (%)
White 65 77.6
Black or African American 13.9 10.1
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 0.3
Asian 7.9 3.8
Two or More Races 3.2 2.6
Hispanic or Latino 23.8 13.4

Presidential Voting Pattern[5]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 62.3 36.8
2008 64.1 35.3
2004 58.6 40.1
2000 62 34.3

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[6][7]

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