Richard Lyons II

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Richard Lyons, II
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Stamford Board of Education, At-large
Former member
In office
2010-July 2014
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Stamford Board of Representatives
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Richard Lyons, II was an at-large member on the Stamford Board of Education from 2010 to July 2014. He won re-election to the board as a Democratic candidate against five other candidates on November 5, 2013. Lyons was first elected to the board in 2010. He resigned in July 2014 to take a job with AFB Management, a school district vendor.[1]


Lyons has previously served on the Stamford Board of Representatives. He has three children who currently attend district schools.[2]



See also: Stamford Public Schools elections (2013)

Lyons won re-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
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngGeoff Alswanger Incumbent 22.5% 11,311
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Lyons, II Incumbent 20.9% 10,500
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Leydon, Jr. Incumbent 19.7% 9,906
     Democratic Dolores Burgess 18.4% 9,238
     Democratic Nicola Tarzia 16.5% 8,314
     Green Richard Duffee 2% 994
Total Votes 50,263
Source: Connecticut Secretary of State, "Municipal Elections - November 5, 2013," accessed December 17, 2013


Richard Lyons, II did not report any contributions or expenditures to the Connecticut State Elections Enforcement Commission.


Lyons received the endorsement of The Stamford Advocate on October 31, 2013.[3]

Past elections


Lyons first won election to the board in 2010 by placing second out of eight candidates for three available seats.

Stamford Board of Education, At-large, November 2, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngGeoff Alswanger 19% 16,910
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Lyons, II 17.5% 15,592
     Democratic Robert King 16.1% 14,330
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Leydon, Jr. 15.3% 13,639
     Democratic Carmine Limone 14.5% 12,881
     Republican Michel Bayonne 11.3% 10,071
     Independent Angela Lorenti 4.1% 3,649
     Green Megan Cassano 2.3% 2,022
Total Votes 89,094
Source: Stamford Advocate

Campaign themes


During an October 3, 2013 candidate forum, Lyons advocated for stronger solutions to the bullying issue in district schools. He placed bullying at the same priority level as drugs and alcohol during the debate. He advocated for rapid response teams capable of counseling victims and remedying issues with bullies. Lyons also discussed an anonymous tip line where students could call or text when they encountered bullying incidents.[4]

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 was dealing with the issue of overcrowding that emerged due to population growth in Fairfield County and inadequate infrastructure investment. Superintendent Winifred Hamilton 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.[5]

About the district

See also: Stamford Public Schools, Connecticut
Stamford Public Schools is located in Fairfield County, Connecticut
Stamford Public Schools is located in Fairfield County in southwestern Connecticut. The population of Stamford was 122,643 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[6]


Stamford outperformed the rest of Connecticut based on median income and poverty levels but lagged 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%).[6]

Racial Demographics, 2010[6]
Race Stamford (%) Connecticut (%)
White 65 77.6
Black or African American 13.9 10.1
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 0.3
Asian 7.9 3.8
Two or More Races 3.2 2.6
Hispanic or Latino 23.8 13.4

Presidential Voting Pattern[7]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 62.3 36.8
2008 64.1 35.3
2004 58.6 40.1
2000 62 34.3

Note: Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" percentage, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off. Read more about race and ethnicity in the Census here.[8]

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