|Former candidate for|
|Norwalk Board of Education, At-large|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|Bachelor's||University of Connecticut|
Rosato earned a B.S. in Finance from the University of Connecticut. She served as the president of the Norwalk Education Foundation from 2006 to 2012. Rosato currently serves as a consultant for the Global Smile Foundation and the International Institute of Connecticut.
- See also: Norwalk Public Schools elections (2013)
Rosato lost election to the board against nine other candidates for four seats on November 5, 2013. She ran on the Republican slate along with incumbents Sue Haynie and Artie Kassimis as well as fellow challenger John G. Bazzano.
|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|
Lauren Rosato did not report any contributions or expenditures to the Connecticut State Elections Enforcement Commission.
In an interview with The Hour, Rosato explained her reason for running for a school board seat in 2013:
Interview with Lauren Rosato
"I believe the school district has the capacity to close the achievement gap, I think the school district has the ability to be the model public education system in the nation...I don't say that lightly. We're not that large, we have a good mix of students and we sit in Fairfield County where there are resources. With the right leadership and the right BOE that can happen."
Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.
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, 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.
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- The Hour, " Candidate profile: Lauren Rosato, Board of Education," October 6, 2013
- LinkedIn, "Lauren Rosato," accessed October 15, 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