Michael Brescia

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Michael Brescia
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Hartford Board of Education, At-large
Term ends
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 5, 2013
Next generalNovember, 2017
Term limitsN/A
ProfessionRetired educator

Michael Brescia is a member-elect for an at-large seat on the Hartford Board of Education. He first won election to the board as a Democratic candidate on November 5, 2013.


Brescia taught for 30 years at Bulkeley High School and taught adult education courses before his retirement.[1]



See also: Hartford Public Schools elections (2013)

Brescia and fellow Democratic slate newcomers Beth Parker and Craig Stallings won election to the board on November 5, 2013. Independent incumbent Robert Cotto, Jr. retained his seat, but fellow independent candidate Joe Gonzalez lost.

Hartford Public Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBeth Parker 29.1% 1,755
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Brescia 26.3% 1,588
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCraig Stallings 23.3% 1,404
     Working Families Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Cotto, Jr. Incumbent 18.8% 1,135
     Independent Joe Gonzalez 2.5% 152
Total Votes 6,034
Source: City of Hartford, "City of Hartford Municipal Election," accessed December 16, 2013

Campaign themes

Achieve Hartford interview


In an interview with Real Hartford, Brescia explained why he sought a seat on the board in 2013:[2]

"I was a teacher for a long time, so I was supporting it from the inside. I taught in secondary schools only, though I was certified from k-12. I’m still certified. I taught reading, math, and science. I’m all in favor of public education. One of the reasons I think that you don’t get many teachers on the board is that they can’t teach and be on the board at the same time [for the same district]."

Campaign finance

Michael Brescia reported no contributions or expenditures to the Connecticut State Elections Enforcement Commission.

What was at stake?

Incumbents Elizabeth Brad Noel, Lori Hudson and Luis Rodriguez-Davila did not file for re-election in 2013. The Hartford Democratic Town Committee endorsed a slate of newcomers including Michael Brescia, Beth Parker and Craig Stallings. The Connecticut Working Families Party endorsed incumbent Robert Cotto, Jr. for re-election. Joe Gonzalez ran as a write-in candidate after failing to earn the endorsement of the Democratic Town Committee.[3] The biggest decision facing the board beyond November 2013 is the selection of a new superintendent.

About the district

See also: Hartford Public Schools, Connecticut
Hartford Public Schools is located in Hartford County, Connecticut
Hartford Public Schools is located in the heart of Hartford County in central Connecticut. The City of Hartford is the county seat of Hartford County and the state capital. The population of Hartford is 124,775 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[4]


Hartford lags behind the rest of Connecticut based on median income, poverty levels and higher education achievement. The 2010 U.S. Census found the median income in Hartford was $29,107 while the state median income was $69,243. The city's poverty rate was 32.9% compared to the state's 9.5% poverty rate. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (14.3%) was lower than the state average (35.7%).[4]

Racial Demographics, 2010[4]
Race Hartford (%) Connecticut (%)
White 29.8 77.6
Black or African American 38.7 10.1
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.6 0.3
Asian 2.8 3.8
Two or More Races 4.2 2.6
Hispanic or Latino 43.4 13.4

Presidential Voting Pattern[5]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 93.2 6.2
2008 91.9 7.8
2004 79.6 16.3
2000 80.2 11.6

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 100.0%. Each column will add up to 100.0% after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.[6]

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