Gary Falkenthal

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Gary Falkenthal
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Former candidate for
Danbury Board of Education, At-large
Term ends
November 2013
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 8, 2011
Term limitsN/A
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Navy
ProfessionReal estate agent
Office website
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Gary Falkenthal was an at-large member of the Danbury Board of Education. He lost re-election to the board as a Republican candidate against seven other candidates on November 5, 2013. Falkenthal was first elected to an unexpired two-year term in 2011.


Falkenthal served as an electronic technician with the U.S. Navy. He is currently the owner of Falcon Valley Realty. Falkenthal also serves as a board member for the Danbury Library and the Parks and Recreation Commission.[1]



See also: Danbury Public Schools elections (2013)


Falkenthal lost re-election to the board against seven other candidates on November 5, 2013. He ran as part of a Republican slate including incumbent Eileen Alberts and challengers Charles Alpuche, Michael Ferguson and Ralph Pietrafesa.


Danbury Public Schools, General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngEileen Alberts Incumbent 15.8% 6,834
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Ferguson 14.2% 6,162
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRalph Pietrafesa 13.5% 5,869
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKathleen Molinaro Incumbent 12.9% 5,593
     Republican Gary Falkenthal Incumbent 11.7% 5,061
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Jannelli Incumbent 11.2% 4,851
     Republican Charles Alpuche 10.7% 4,624
     Democratic Mayra Olavarria 10.1% 4,376
Total Votes 43,370
Source: Connecticut Secretary of State, "Municipal Elections - November 5, 2013," accessed December 17, 2013


Gary Falkenthal has not reported any contributions or expenditures to the Connecticut State Elections Enforcement Commission.

What was at stake?

Five seats were at stake. Incumbents Eileen Alberts (R), Falkenthal (R), Richard Jannelli (D) and Kathleen Molinaro (R) were on the ballot. Only Falkenthal lost his re-election bid. The Danbury Republican Town Committee endorsed a slate of five candidates in 2013 while the Democratic Town Committee endorsed three candidates.

About the district

See also: Danbury Public Schools, Connecticut
Danbury Public Schools is located in Fairfield County, Connecticut
The Town of Danbury is located in the northern half of Fairfield County, which is situated in southwestern Connecticut. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the population of Danbury was 80,898.[2]


Danbury underperformed the state average for higher education achievement as measured by the 2010 U.S. Census. The percentage of Danbury residents over 25 years old with Bachelor's degrees (31.0%) fell below the state average (36.2%). The median household income in Danbury was $66,281 while the state median income was $69,519. The U.S. Census also found that the poverty rate in Danbury was 10.1% while the state rate was 10.0%.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2010[2]
Race Danbury (%) Connecticut (%)
White 68.2 77.6
Black or African American 7.2 10.1
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4 0.3
Asian 6.8 3.8
Two or More Races 4.5 2.6
Hispanic or Latino 25.0 13.4

Presidential Voting Pattern[3]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 58.4 40.5
2008 59.4 39.8
2004 51.3 47.2
2000 55.1 39.8

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.[4]

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