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|Stamford Board of Education, At-large|
|Years in position||5|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|First elected||November 2, 2010|
|Next general||November 2017|
|Bachelor's||University of Pennsylvania|
|(dead link) Office website|
Alswanger earned a B.A. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1988. He spent five years on the Board of Directors for XLerant, Inc. and a decade as Chief Financial Officer of FitLinxx. Alswanger has been the director of Long Ridge Camp since 2007.
- See also: Stamford Public Schools elections (2013)
Alswanger won re-election to the board against five other candidates for three available seats on November 5, 2013.
|Stamford Public Schools, General Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|Democratic||Geoff Alswanger Incumbent||22.5%||11,311|
|Democratic||Richard Lyons II Incumbent||20.9%||10,500|
|Republican||John Leydon, Jr. Incumbent||19.7%||9,906|
|Source: Connecticut Secretary of State, "Municipal Elections - November 5, 2013," accessed December 17, 2013|
Geoff Alswanger has not reported any contributions or expenditures to the Connecticut State Elections Enforcement Commission.
Alswanger received the endorsement of The Stamford Advocate on October 31, 2013.
Alswanger first won election to the board in 2010 by placing first out of eight candidates for three available seats.
|Stamford Board of Education, At-large, November 2, 2010|
|Democratic||Richard Lyons II||17.5%||15,592|
|Republican||John Leydon, Jr.||15.3%||13,639|
|Source: Stamford Advocate|
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.
About the district
- See also: Stamford Public Schools, Connecticut
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%).
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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- LinkedIn, "Geoff Alswanger," accessed October 10, 2013
- Stamford Advocate, "Leydon, Lyons and Alswanger for school board," October 31, 2013
- Stamford Advocate, "Stamford schools overcrowding likely to involve redistricting," September 26, 2013
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Stamford," 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