|Former candidate for|
|Stamford Board of Education, At-large|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|Bachelor's||University of Chicago|
|Master's||SUNY New Paltz|
Duffee earned a Bachelor's degree in Philosophical Psychology from the University of Chicago in 1972. He later earned a M.A. in English from SUNY New Paltz in 1979 and J.D. from Pace University in 1992. Duffee has been a lawyer, essayist and English teacher during his career.
- See also: Stamford Public Schools elections (2013)
Duffee lost election to the board against five other candidates for three available seats on November 5, 2013.
|Stamford Public Schools, General Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|Democratic||Geoff Alswanger Incumbent||22.5%||11,311|
|Democratic||Richard Lyons, II Incumbent||20.9%||10,500|
|Republican||John Leydon, Jr. Incumbent||19.7%||9,906|
|Source: Connecticut Secretary of State, "Municipal Elections - November 5, 2013," accessed December 17, 2013|
Richard Duffee has not reported any contributions or expenditures to the Connecticut State Elections Enforcement Commission.
Duffee lost his bid to win election to the U.S. House on November 4, 2008.
|U.S. House, Fourth District, November 4, 2008|
|Source: Connecticut Secretary of State|
What was at stake?
Three seats were at stake. Incumbent Democrats Geoff Alswanger and Richard Lyons, II and incumbent Republican John Leydon, Jr. were on the ballot. All three won re-election to the board against Democratic challenger Dolores Burgess, Republican challenger Nicola Tarzia and Green Party challenger Richard Duffee.
The Board of Education is currently dealing with the issue of overcrowding that has emerged due to population growth in Fairfield County and inadequate infrastructure investment. Superintendent Winifred Hamilton has suggested five options for dealing with overcrowded classrooms including the use of 20 portable classrooms, renovating an office building to serve as a school and investing in a new school that would require up to 30 months of development.
About the district
- See also: Stamford Public Schools, Connecticut
Stamford outperforms the rest of Connecticut based on median income and poverty levels but lags behind in higher education achievement. The 2010 U.S. Census found the median income in Stamford was $78,201 while the state median income was $69,243. The city's poverty rate was 11% compared to the state's 9.5% poverty rate. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (43.9%) was higher 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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- Green Party of Connecticut, "2013 Candidates," accessed October 10, 2013
- Stamford Advocate, "Stamford schools overcrowding likely to involve redistricting," September 26, 2013
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Stamford," 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