New Britain Public Schools elections (2013)

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2013 New Britain Public Schools Elections

General Election date:
November 5, 2013
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
See also
New Britain Public Schools
Hartford County, Connecticut ballot measures
Connecticut ballot measures
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Five seats on the New Britain Board of Education were up for election on November 5, 2013. Six candidates sought election to the board. Judy Greco, Sharon Beloin-Saavedra, Daniel Davis, Nick Mercier and Daisy Sanchez defeated Stacey Rosado to win five at-large seats.

About the district

See also: New Britain Public Schools, Connecticut
New Britain Public Schools is located in Hartford County, Connecticut
New Britain Public Schools is located in Hartford County in central Connecticut. The population of New Britain was 73,206 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[1]


New Britain lagged behind the rest of Connecticut based on median income, poverty levels and higher education achievement in 2010. The 2010 U.S. Census found the median income in New Britain was $39,838 while the state median income was $69,243. The city's poverty rate was 20.9% compared to the state's 9.5% poverty rate. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (17.5%) was lower than the state average (35.7%).[1]

Racial Demographics, 2010[1]
Race New Britain (%) Connecticut (%)
White 63.6 77.6
Black or African American 13 10.1
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4 0.3
Asian 24 3.8
Two or More Races 4.2 2.6
Hispanic or Latino 36.8 13.4

Presidential Voting Pattern[2]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 76.3 22.7
2008 74.5 24.2
2004 67 31.1
2000 69.5 25.3

Method of board member election

The New Britain Board of Education consists of ten members who are elected at-large to four-year terms. The Democratic and Republican Town Committees in New Britain endorsed three candidates each in July 2013 for the board elections. Five seats were up for election on November 5, 2013 and five seats will be on the ballot on November 3, 2015.

State law requires a minimum of three seats to be held by minority parties following each election.[3] The composition of the board heading into the November 2013 election was six Democratic members and four Republican members. On November 5, 2013, voters were able to choose any three candidates on the ballot regardless of party. The five candidates who received the most votes won election to the board.




The candidates on the November 5, 2013 ballot were:

Democratic Party Sharon Beloin-Saavedra

  • Incumbent
  • Graduate, Central Connecticut State University

Democratic Party Judy Greco

  • Incumbent
  • Graduate, Central Connecticut State University
  • Retired teacher

Democratic Party Daisy Sanchez

  • Graduate, Capital Community College
  • Teacher assistant, HRA of New Britain

Republican Party Daniel Davis

  • Graduate, North Carolina A&T University

Republican Party Nick Mercier

  • Graduate, SUNY Potsdam and University of Hartford
  • Music teacher

Republican Party Stacey Rosado

  • Graduate, University of Connecticut

Election results

New Britain Public Schools, General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJudy Greco Incumbent 17.9% 4,193
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSharon Beloin-Saavedra Incumbent 17.6% 4,122
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDaniel Davis 16.6% 3,879
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngNick Mercier 16.4% 3,847
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDaisy Sanchez 16.1% 3,762
     Republican Stacey Rosado 15.5% 3,621
Total Votes 23,424
Source: Connecticut Secretary of State, "Municipal Elections - November 5, 2013," accessed December 17, 2013


The Connecticut League of Women Voters hosted a candidate forum featuring all six candidates at Trinity on Main on September 30, 2013. Sharon Beloin-Saavedra cited the district's investments in STEM education, Advanced Placement courses and a health academy during her time in office. Nick Mercier criticized the district for increasing money for salaries and benefits while sacrificing classroom resources. The candidates had a discussion about Superintendent Kelt Cooper's policy of increasing penalties for students who use profanity at school. Judy Greco and Daisy Sanchez advocated in-school punishments for profanity to reform behaviors and prevent unsupervised absences. Mercier, Daniel Davis and Stacey Rosado were more favorable to Cooper's approach, noting that students needed to be punished for inappropriate behavior. Beloin-Saavedra stated that the board was working with Cooper to develop methods of supervising students on suspension.[4]


There were no endorsements in this election.

Campaign finance

No contributions or expenditures were reported during the election, according to the Connecticut State Elections Enforcement Commission.

What was at stake?

Five seats were at stake in the 2013 election. Incumbent Democrats Sharon Beloin-Saavedra and Judy Greco were on the ballot. Both candidates were successful in their re-election bids. The New Britain Democratic Town Committee endorsed newcomer Daisy Sanchez for the 2013 election, who also won a seat on the board. Daniel Davis, Nick Mercier and Stacey Rosado received the endorsement of the New Britain Republican Town Committee. Only Rosado did not win a seat on the board. Current members Paul Carver, Anthony Kane and Luisa Leal did not file for re-election.

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the New Britain Board of Education election:[5]

Deadline Event
July 23, 2013 Last day for political party endorsements of candidates by town caucus or convention
July 24, 2013 Nominating petitions available for primary
August 7, 2013 Last day to file nominating petitions for primary
September 10, 2013 Primary day
October 10, 2013 First campaign finance filing date following primary election
October 29, 2013 Last campaign finance filing filing date prior to general election
November 5, 2013 Election day
December 5, 2013 Certification of election results by county

Additional elections on the ballot

The New Britain Board of Education elections shared the ballot with other local elections. Residents of New Britain voted for mayor, 15 seats on the Common Council, three seats on the Board of Assessment Appeals, eight Constables, Tax Collector and Treasurer.[6]

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