Richard Lyons II
|Richard Lyons, II|
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|Stamford Board of Education, At-large|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|First elected||November 2, 2010|
|Stamford Board of Representatives|
|(dead link) Office website|
Lyons has previously served on the Stamford Board of Representatives. He has three children who currently attend district schools.
- 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|
|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 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.
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|
|Democratic||Richard Lyons, II||17.5%||15,592|
|Republican||John Leydon, Jr.||15.3%||13,639|
|Source: Stamford Advocate|
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.
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.
About the district
- See also: Stamford Public Schools, Connecticut
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%).
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. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
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- Stamford Advocate, "Stamford School board's Lyons takes AFB job, resigns," July 31, 2014
- Stamford Advocate, "Three parents elected to Stamford school board," November 3, 2010
- Stamford Advocate, "Leydon, Lyons and Alswanger for school board," October 31, 2013
- Stamford Advocate, "Stamford ed board candidates talk bullying, portables and how to dress," October 3, 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