Fairfield Public Schools elections (2013)

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2013 Fairfield Public Schools Elections

General Election date:
November 5, 2013
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
Elections
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
References
See also
Connecticut
Fairfield Public Schools
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Four seats on the Fairfield Board of Education were up for election on November 5, 2013. Five candidates sought election to the board. Eileen Liu-McCormack, John Llewellyn, Marc Patton and Donna Karnal defeated Kenneth Lee to win four at-large seats.

About the district

See also: Fairfield Public Schools, Connecticut
Fairfield Public Schools is located in Fairfield County, Connecticut
The Town of Fairfield is located along the Long Island Sound in Fairfield County in southern Connecticut. The population of Fairfield was 59,625 according to a 2012 report by the Connecticut Economic Resource Center.[1]

Demographics

Fairfield outperformed state rates for poverty, median income and higher education achievement in 2011. The city had a poverty rate of 3.3% in the CERC Report while the state rate was 9.2%. The 2012 CERC Report calculated Fairfield's median income at $114,709 while the state median income was $70,705. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (59%) is above the state average (36%).[1]

Racial Demographics, 2011[1]
Race Fairfield (%) Connecticut (%)
White 91.6 77.6
Black or African American 1.8 10.1
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.1 0.3
Asian 3.7 3.8
Two or More Races 2.8 8.1
Hispanic or Latino 5.4 14.2

Presidential Voting Pattern[2]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 51 48
2008 56.4 42.8
2004 49.9 48.7
2000 49.6 45.6

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.[3]

Method of board member selection

The Fairfield Board of Education consists of nine members who are elected at-large to four-year terms. The Democratic, Republican and Party Town committees in Fairfield endorsed candidates in July 2013 for the board elections. Four seats were up for election on November 5, 2013 and five seats will be on the ballot on November 3, 2015.

State law requires a minimum of three seats to be held by minority parties following each election.[4] The composition of the board heading into the November 2013 election was five Democrats and four Republicans. On November 5, 2013, voters were able to choose any three candidates on the ballot regardless of party. The four candidates who received the most votes won election to the board.

Elections

2013

Candidates

The candidates on the November 5, 2013 ballot were:

Democratic Party Donna Karnal

  • Small business owner

Democratic Party Kenneth Lee

  • Small business owner

Democratic Party Marc Patton

  • Graduate, University of Connecticut
  • Owner, Destination Entertainment LLC

Republican Party Eileen Liu-McCormack

  • Graduate, University of Pennsylvania

Republican Party John Llewellyn

  • Graduate, Boston College and Duke University
  • Independent restructuring consultant

Election results

Fairfield Public Schools, General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngEileen Liu-McCormack 22.8% 6,724
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Llewellyn 21.2% 6,269
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMarc Patton 20.1% 5,919
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDonna Karnal 18.2% 5,382
     Democratic Kenneth Lee 17.7% 5,214
Total Votes 29,508
Source: Connecticut Secretary of State, "Municipal Elections - November 5, 2013," accessed December 17, 2013

Forums

The Fairfield League of Women Voters hosted a candidate forum on October 21, 2013. Candidates discussed how the board could improve communications with the public. Donna Karnal stated that the board doesn't listen to enough feedback from the public when developing policy. Kenneth Lee suggested that improvements to data gathering could enhance community engagement though the budget could prevent these efforts. Eileen Liu-McCormack wants the board to listen to public feedback even if these comments are critical. John Llewellyn advocated for greater student involvement during board deliberations on school policy.[5]

Campaign finance

No contributions or expenditures were reported during the election, according to the Connecticut State Elections Enforcement Commission.

Past elections

What was at stake?

Incumbent Democrats Sue Brand and Perry Liu and Republicans Pamela Iacono and Tim Kery did not seek re-election to the board. The Fairfield Democratic Town Committee endorsed newcomers Donna Karnal, Kenneth Lee and Marc Patton in July 2013. Lee was the only candidate not elected to the board.[6] Newcomers Eileen Liu-McCormack and John Llewellyn were endorsed by the Fairfield Republican Town Committee with Iacono placing third in a July caucus.[7]

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Fairfield Board of Education election in 2013:[8]

Deadline Event
July 23, 2013 Last day for political party endorsements of candidates by town caucus or convention
July 24, 2013 Nominating petitions available for primary
August 7, 2013 Last day to file nominating petitions for primary
September 10, 2013 Primary day
October 10, 2013 First campaign finance filing date following primary election
October 29, 2013 Last campaign finance filing filing date prior to general election
November 5, 2013 Election day
December 5, 2013 Certification of election results by county

Additional elections on the ballot

The Fairfield Board of Education election shared the ballot with other local measures. Residents of Fairfield cast ballots for three seats on the Board of Finance, two Registrars of Voters, six seats on the Town Planning & Zoning Commission, three seats on the Board of Assessment Appeals and five seats on the Zoning Board of Appeals. The ballot also includes 50 seats on the Representative Town Committee broken into ten districts.[9]

See also

External links

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