|Danbury Board of Education, At-large|
|Years in position||1|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|First elected||November 5, 2013|
|Next general||November 2017|
|Bachelor's||Western Connecticut State University|
Ferguson studied Political Science at Western Connecticut State University. He ran unsuccessfully for the Danbury Zoning Commission in 2011 and currently serves as an alternate on the Danbury Planning Commission.
- See also: Danbury Public Schools elections (2013)
Ferguson won election to the board against seven other candidates on November 5, 2013. He ran as part of a Republican slate including incumbents Eileen Alberts and Gary Falkenthal as well as challengers Charles Alpuche and Ralph Pietrafesa.
|Danbury Public Schools, General Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|Republican||Eileen Alberts Incumbent||15.8%||6,834|
|Democratic||Kathleen Molinaro Incumbent||12.9%||5,593|
|Republican||Gary Falkenthal Incumbent||11.7%||5,061|
|Democratic||Richard Jannelli Incumbent||11.2%||4,851|
|Source: Connecticut Secretary of State, "Municipal Elections - November 5, 2013," accessed December 17, 2013|
Michael Ferguson has not reported any contributions or expenditures to the Connecticut State Elections Enforcement Commission.
What was at stake?
Five seats were at stake. Incumbents Eileen Alberts (R), Gary Falkenthal (R), Richard Jannelli (D) and Kathleen Molinaro (R) were on the ballot. Only Falkenthal lost his re-election bid. The Danbury Republican Town Committee endorsed a slate of five candidates in 2013 while the Democratic Town Committee endorsed three candidates.
About the district
- See also: Danbury Public Schools, Connecticut
Danbury underperformed the state average for higher education achievement as measured by the 2010 U.S. Census. The percentage of Danbury residents over 25 years old with Bachelor's degrees (31.0%) fell below the state average (36.2%). The median household income in Danbury was $66,281 while the state median income was $69,519. The U.S. Census also found that the poverty rate in Danbury was 10.1% while the state rate was 10.0%.
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.
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- Michael Ferguson for Zoning, "About," accessed October 15, 2013
- City of Danbury, "Planning Commission," accessed October 15, 2013
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Danbury," accessed January 14, 2014
- Connecticut Secretary of State, "Election Results," accessed October 14, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014