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|Waterbury Board of Education, At-large|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|First elected||November 5, 2013|
|Associate's||Naugatuck Valley Community College|
Hernandez earned an A.S. in General Studies from Naugatuck Valley Community College. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor's degree from the University of Bridgeport. Hernandez has been an employee of the Connecticut Department of Developmental Services for 30 years. She has volunteered with community organizations including the NOW Youth Counsel and the Scovill Home Association.
Hernandez won election to the board as a Democratic candidate against nine other candidates on November 5, 2013. She ran as part of a Democratic slate including incumbents Karen E. Harvey and Felix Rodriguez.
|Waterbury Public Schools, General Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|Democratic||Karen E. Harvey Incumbent||17.5%||5,883|
|Democratic||Felix Rodriguez Incumbent||16%||5,361|
|Republican||Charles L. Stango Incumbent||12.1%||4,083|
|Republican||Thomas Van Stone, Sr.||10.6%||3,551|
|Republican||John F. Alseph Jr.||9.1%||3,062|
|Independent||Margaret A. O'Brien||6.2%||2,090|
|Independent||James K. Russell||5%||1,673|
|Independent||Kimberly A. Sidoti||4.8%||1,623|
|Petitioning Candidate||Ann M. Sweeney Incumbent||3.2%||1,082|
|Source: Connecticut Secretary of State, "Municipal Elections - November 5, 2013," accessed December 16, 2013|
Juanita Hernandez has not reported any contributions or expenditures to the Connecticut State Elections Enforcement Commission.
What was at stake?
Five seats were at stake. Incumbent Democrats Karen E. Harvey and Felix Rodriguez, as well as incumbent Republican Charles L. Stango and incumbent Independent Ann M. Sweeney were on the ballot. Sweeney, who ran without endorsement, was the only candidate who did not win re-election to the board. Democrat Jose Morales did not seek re-election in 2013.
About the district
- See also: Waterbury Public Schools, Connecticut
Waterbury lagged behind state rates for poverty, median income and higher education achievement in 2010. The city had a poverty rate of 20.6% in the 2010 U.S. Census while the state rate was 9.5%. The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Waterbury's median income at $41,499 while the state median income was $69,243. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (17.2%) is below the state average (35.7%).
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