|Norwalk Board of Education, At-large|
|Years in position||6|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|First elected||November 3, 2009|
|Next general||November 2017|
|High school||Norwalk High School|
|Associate's||Norwalk Community College|
Keyes graduated from Norwalk High School in 1981 and earned an A.S. in Early Childhood Studies from Norwalk Community College in 2010. She is the owner of an in-home preschool called Creative Kids of Silvermine. Keyes has three children currently attending district schools.
- See also: Norwalk Public Schools elections (2013)
Keyes sought a second term on the board against nine other candidates for four seats on November 5, 2013. She ran on the Democratic slate along with challengers Sherelle Harris, Shirley Mosby and Haroldo Williams. Keyes also appeared on the ballot as a Working Families Party candidate after receiving the party's endorsement in August 2013.
|Norwalk Public Schools, General Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|Democratic||Heidi Keyes Incumbent||12.2%||6,985|
|Republican||Artie Kassimis Incumbent||12.1%||6,917|
|Republican||Sue Haynie Incumbent||11.4%||6,500|
|Norwalk Community Values||Steve Colarossi Incumbent||3.6%||2,073|
|Norwalk Community Values||Andres Roman||3.1%||1,795|
|Working Families||Shirley Mosby||1.1%||610|
|Working Families||Heidi Keyes||0.9%||532|
|Source: Connecticut Secretary of State, "Municipal Elections - November 5, 2013," accessed December 17, 2013|
Heidi Keyes did not report any contributions or expenditures to the Connecticut State Elections Enforcement Commission.
In an interview with Nancy on Norwalk, Keyes explained her campaign themes for 2013:
"If I were to get re-elected I would continue my work on the Spotlight section of our meetings. As board secretary, I have taken the reins on this and have worked to showcase the great things students and our schools are doing. We have showcased not only sports but also the arts, music and academics. Unfortunately, it seems our school district comes up short when it comes to being recognized for the great things our students, teachers and schools are doing. We need to change the way the public views our school system. Not only do we have a great city to live in but an improving school district that has students and teachers achieving great things. I would also like to continue my work on the Policy Committee. I have worked with other members to pass our bullying policy as well as social media and other policies.
We need to continue to invest and support our early childhood initiatives. I will continue to advocate and stress the importance that all children be exposed to an early learning environment. Secondly, it is imperative to have good communication between board members, central office and the community. The community must be able to trust that communication between all stakeholders is open and transparent. Norwalk Public Schools has 11,000 students and 19 schools. We need to have a strong central office to support this. We have already started to implement this by hiring our new nationally recognized superintendent who I strongly support.
I am committed to continuing to work on getting more members of the community to our Board of Education meetings. As a current board member I have signed and approved our Civility Code and am working on getting our website updated so that it is more user-friendly and accessible. In addition, I support the need for our meetings to be videotaped for viewing on cable television and via computer.
I think priorities include continuing the progress we have made in implementing the first phases of the Common Core curriculum and focus on narrowing the achievement gap so that all our children can move on to college or some form of higher education. As it stands now, 87 percent of our students are graduating from high school and only 75 percent are off to higher learning. We need to raise the bar and strive to have 100 percent for both. In addition, it is imperative to create a budget that is fiscally responsible to the taxpayers of Norwalk but allows the district to secure the highest quality teachers and staff."
What was at stake?
Four seats were at stake. Incumbents Steve Colarossi, Sue Haynie, Artie Kassimis and Heidi Keyes were on the ballot. Of the incumbents, only Democratic candidate Keyes and Republican candidate Kassimis won re-election to the board. The ballot featured a total of ten candidates, including four candidates each from the local Democratic and Republican Town Committees and a pair of candidates from the Norwalk Community Values Party. The Working Families Party endorsed Democratic candidates Heidi Keyes and Shirley Mosby for the November 5 election. Neither of the Norwalk Community Values Party candidates, Steve Colarossi nor Andres Roman, won election to the board.
About the district
- See also: Norwalk Public Schools, Connecticut
Norwalk outperforms the rest of Connecticut based on median income, poverty levels and higher education achievement. The 2010 U.S. Census found the median income in Norwalk was $76,384 while the state median income was $69,243. The city's poverty rate was 8% compared to the state's 9.5% poverty rate. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (40.2%) was lower than the state average (35.7%).
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.
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- Friends of Heidi Keyes, "About Heidi," accessed October 15, 2013
- Nancy on Norwalk," "Democratic BOE incumbent is lifelong Norwalker," October 9, 2013
- The Hour, " Norwalk Democrats receive endorsement of Connecticut Working Families Party," September 4, 2013
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Norwalk," 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
- 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.