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Hartford Public Schools elections (2013)

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2013 Hartford Public Schools Elections

General Election date:
November 5, 2013
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
See also
Hartford Public Schools
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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 Public Schools is located in Hartford County, Connecticut
Hartford Public Schools is located in the heart of Hartford County in central Connecticut. The City of Hartford is the county seat of Hartford County and the state capital. The population of Hartford was 124,775 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[1]


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%).[1]

Racial Demographics, 2010[1]
Race Hartford (%) Connecticut (%)
White 29.8 77.6
Black or African American 38.7 10.1
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.6 0.3
Asian 2.8 3.8
Two or More Races 4.2 2.6
Hispanic or Latino 43.4 13.4

Presidential Voting Pattern[2]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 93.2 6.2
2008 91.9 7.8
2004 79.6 16.3
2000 80.2 11.6

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] 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.[4] 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.




Democratic Party Michael Brescia

  • Retired educator

Democratic Party Beth Parker

  • Graduate, Cornell University and Penn State University
  • Research scientist, Hartford Hospital

Democratic Party Craig Stallings

  • Owner, Stallings Tax Service

Independent Robert Cotto, Jr.

  • Incumbent
  • Graduate, Dartmouth College and Harvard University
  • Researcher, Connecticut Voices for Children

Independent Joe Gonzalez

  • Customer service representative

Election results

Hartford Public Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBeth Parker 29.1% 1,755
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Brescia 26.3% 1,588
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCraig Stallings 23.3% 1,404
     Working Families Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Cotto, Jr. Incumbent 18.8% 1,135
     Independent Joe Gonzalez 2.5% 152
Total Votes 6,034
Source: City of Hartford, "City of Hartford Municipal Election," accessed December 16, 2013

Campaign finance

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.[5] The biggest decision facing the board beyond November 2013 is the selection of a new superintendent.

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Hartford Board of Education election in 2013:[6]

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 Board of Education elections shared the ballot with three proposed revisions to the city charter including a proposal for public financing of political campaigns.[5]

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