Hartford Public Schools elections (2013)
Method of election
What was at stake?
Hartford Public Schools
Four seats on the Hartford Board of Education were up for election on November 5, 2013. Five candidates sought election to the board, including three Democrats, an incumbent from the Working Families Party and a write-in candidate. Beth Parker, Michael Brescia, Craig Stallings and Robert Cotto, Jr. defeated Joe Gonzalez to win four at-large seats.
About the district
- See also: Hartford Public Schools, Connecticut
Hartford lagged behind the rest of Connecticut based on median income, poverty levels and higher education achievement in 2010. The 2010 U.S. Census found the median income in Hartford was $29,107 while the state median income was $69,243. The city's poverty rate was 32.9% compared to the state's 9.5% poverty rate. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (14.3%) was lower 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.
Method of board member selection
The Hartford Board of Education features five appointees of the Mayor of Hartford and four elected members. The Democratic and Working Families Party Town Committees in Hartford endorsed candidates in July and August 2013 for the board elections. The Hartford Republican Town Committee did not endorse a candidate in 2013. All four at-large seats were up for election in 2013, with the next election to take place in 2017.
State law requires a minimum of three seats to be held by minority parties following each election. 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.
- Retired educator
- Graduate, Cornell University and Penn State University
- Research scientist, Hartford Hospital
- Owner, Stallings Tax Service
- Graduate, Dartmouth College and Harvard University
- Researcher, Connecticut Voices for Children
- Customer service representative
|Hartford Public Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|Working Families||Robert Cotto, Jr. Incumbent||18.8%||1,135|
|Source: City of Hartford, "City of Hartford Municipal Election," accessed December 16, 2013|
No contributions or expenditures were reported during the election, according to the Connecticut State Elections Enforcement Commission.
What was at stake?
Incumbents Elizabeth Brad Noel, Lori Hudson and Luis Rodriguez-Davila did not file for re-election in 2013. The Hartford Democratic Town Committee endorsed a slate of newcomers including Michael Brescia, Beth Parker and Craig Stallings. The Connecticut Working Families Party endorsed incumbent Robert Cotto, Jr. for re-election. Joe Gonzalez ran as a write-in candidate after failing to earn the endorsement of the Democratic Town Committee. The biggest decision facing the board beyond November 2013 is the selection of a new superintendent.
The following dates were key deadlines for the Hartford Board of Education election in 2013:
|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 Board of Education elections shared the ballot with three proposed revisions to the city charter including a proposal for public financing of political campaigns.
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- List of school board elections in 2013
- Hartford Public Schools, Connecticut
- Hartford County, Connecticut ballot measures
- District page
- City of Hartford
- Connecticut Secretary of State
- Hartford Democratic Town Committee
- Connecticut Working Families Party
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Hartford," 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
- Connecticut General Assembly, "Minority Representation Requirements," accessed October 7, 2013
- The Courant, "Hartford Voters To Decide On Charter Revision, School Board Race," November 5, 2013
- Connecticut Office of Government Accountability, "November Municipal Candidate Committees Calendar," accessed October 14, 2013