Heidi Keyes

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Heidi Keyes
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Norwalk Board of Education, At-large
Term ends
November 2017
Years in position 6
Board Secretary
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 3, 2009
Next generalNovember 2017
Term limitsN/A
High schoolNorwalk High School
Associate'sNorwalk Community College
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Heidi Keyes is an at-large member of the Norwalk Board of Education. She won re-election to the board as a Democratic candidate against nine other candidates on November 5, 2013. Keyes was first elected to the board in 2009.


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.[1]



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
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngHeidi Keyes Incumbent 12.2% 6,985
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngArtie Kassimis Incumbent 12.1% 6,917
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngShirley Mosby 11.8% 6,734
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSherelle Harris 11.5% 6,574
     Republican Sue Haynie Incumbent 11.4% 6,500
     Democratic Haroldo Williams 10.9% 6,234
     Republican John Bazzano 10.7% 6,130
     Republican Lauren Rosato 10.7% 6,109
     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
Total Votes 57,193
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.

Campaign themes


In an interview with Nancy on Norwalk, Keyes explained her campaign themes for 2013:[2]

"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.[3]

About the district

See also: Norwalk Public Schools, Connecticut
Norwalk Public Schools is located in Fairfield County, Connecticut
Norwalk Public Schools is located in Fairfield County in southwestern Connecticut. The City of Norwalk is located along the Long Island Sound with the Norwalk River running past the city's downtown district. The population of Norwalk was 85,603 according to the 2010 Census.[4]


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%).[4]

Racial Demographics, 2010[4]
Race Norwalk (%) Connecticut (%)
White 87.7 77.6
Black or African American 14.2 10.1
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4 0.3
Asian 4.8 3.8
Two or More Races 2.8 2.6
Hispanic or Latino 24.3 13.4

Presidential Voting Pattern[5]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 63 36
2008 65.5 33.8
2004 58.2 40
2000 59.9 35.8

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. Friends of Heidi Keyes, "About Heidi," accessed October 15, 2013
  2. Nancy on Norwalk," "Democratic BOE incumbent is lifelong Norwalker," October 9, 2013
  3. The Hour, " Norwalk Democrats receive endorsement of Connecticut Working Families Party," September 4, 2013
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Norwalk," 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.