John Llewellyn

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John Llewellyn
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Fairfield Board of Education, At-large
Term ends
November 2017
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sBoston College
Master'sDuke University
ProfessionRestructuring consultant
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John Llewellyn is a Republican member of the Fairfield Board of Education. He first won election to the board as a Republican candidate against four other candidates on November 5, 2013.


Llewellyn earned a B.A. in Economics from Boston College and an MBA from Duke University. He worked for 20 years as a corporate restructuring specialist including stints with Ernst & Young and Deloitte. Llewellyn currently works as an independent restructuring specialist. He has served as a volunteer with the Roger Ludlowe Middle School Drama Club and coach for Fairfield Youth Lacrosse. Llewellyn and his wife, Dawn, have three children who have attended district schools.[1]



See also: Fairfield Public Schools elections (2013)

Llewellyn sought election as a Republican against four other candidates for four seats on the board.

Fairfield Public Schools, General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngEileen Liu-McCormack 22.8% 6,724
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Llewellyn 21.2% 6,269
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMarc Patton 20.1% 5,919
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDonna Karnal 18.2% 5,382
     Democratic Kenneth Lee 17.7% 5,214
Total Votes 29,508
Source: Connecticut Secretary of State, "Municipal Elections - November 5, 2013," accessed December 17, 2013


John Llewellyn did not report any contributions or expenditures to the Connecticut State Elections Enforcement Commission.

Campaign themes


Responses to Fairfield Taxpayers Forum

Llewellyn explained her top three priorities as a Board of Education candidate during the 2013 Candidate Forum hosted by Fairfield Taxpayers:[2]

  • Identify operational efficiencies through analysis and establishing benchmarks to achieve greater fiscal responsibility. Measure/report performance against top performing districts and increase transparency through making both financial and district performance data available on district website.
  • Require all proposals brought before the Board to be supported by a complete and objective analysis that is supported by external and measurable data and require all proposals to be submitted to the public and board members with ample time to review and ask questions.
  • As the district transitions to a new set of state standards, approve only established, best in class curriculum, rather than developing curriculum in house. This is an important factor in improving student learning and better preparing our students for the future.

Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.

What was at stake?

Incumbent Democrats Sue Brand and Perry Liu and Republicans Pamela Iacono and Tim Kery did not seek re-election to the board. The Fairfield Democratic Town Committee endorsed newcomers Donna Karnal, Kenneth Lee and Marc Patton in July 2013. Lee was the only candidate not elected to the board.[3] Newcomers Eileen Liu-McCormack and John Llewellyn were endorsed by the Fairfield Republican Town Committee with Iacono placing third in a July caucus.[4]

About the district

See also: Fairfield Public Schools, Connecticut
Fairfield Public Schools is located in Fairfield County, Connecticut
The Town of Fairfield is located along the Long Island Sound in Fairfield County in southern Connecticut. The population of Fairfield was 59,625 according to a 2012 report by the Connecticut Economic Resource Center.[5]


Fairfield outperformed state rates for poverty, median income and higher education achievement in 2011. The city had a poverty rate of 3.3% in the CERC Report while the state rate was 9.2%. The 2012 CERC Report calculated Fairfield's median income at $114,709 while the state median income was $82,711. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (59%) is above the state average (36%).[5]

Racial Demographics, 2011[5]
Race Fairfield (%) Connecticut (%)
White 91.6 77.6
Black or African American 1.8 10.1
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.1 0.3
Asian 3.7 3.8
Two or More Races 2.8 8.1
Hispanic or Latino 5.4 14.2

Presidential Voting Pattern[6]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 51 48
2008 56.4 42.8
2004 49.9 48.7
2000 49.6 45.6

Note: Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" percentage, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off. Read more about race and ethnicity in the Census here.[7]

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