Geoff Alswanger

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Geoff Alswanger
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Stamford Board of Education, At-large
Term ends
November 2017
Years in position 5
Board President
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 2017
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Pennsylvania
ProfessionCamp director
(dead link) Office website
Ballotpedia's school board candidate survey
Geoff Alswanger is an at-large member on the Stamford Board of Education. He won re-election to the board as a Democratic candidate against five other candidates on November 5, 2013. Alswanger was first elected to the board in 2010.


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.[1]



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
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


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.[2]

Past elections


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
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngGeoff Alswanger 19% 16,910
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Lyons II 17.5% 15,592
     Democratic Robert King 16.1% 14,330
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Leydon, Jr. 15.3% 13,639
     Democratic Carmine Limone 14.5% 12,881
     Republican Michel Bayonne 11.3% 10,071
     Independent Angela Lorenti 4.1% 3,649
     Green Megan Cassano 2.3% 2,022
Total Votes 89,094
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.[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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  1. LinkedIn, "Geoff Alswanger," accessed October 10, 2013
  2. Stamford Advocate, "Leydon, Lyons and Alswanger for school board," October 31, 2013
  3. Stamford Advocate, "Stamford schools overcrowding likely to involve redistricting," September 26, 2013
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Stamford," accessed October 24, 2013
  5. Connecticut Secretary of State, "Election Results," accessed October 10, 2013
  6. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  7. 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.