|New Britain Board of Education, At-large|
|Years in position||9|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|First elected||November 2005|
|Next general||November 2017|
|New Britain Common Council|
|High school||New Britain High School|
|Bachelor's||Central Connecticut State University|
Beloin-Saavedra graduated from New Britain High School in 1983. She later earned a B.A. in Political Science from Central Connecticut State University. Beloin-Saavedra was a member of the New Britain Common Council from 1989 to 1993. She served as a legislative assistant to State Senator Joseph Harper from 1991 to 1994. Beloin-Saavedra and her husband, Ed Saavedra, have three children.
Beloin-Saavedra won re-election to the board against five other candidates on November 5, 2013.
|New Britain Public Schools, General Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|Democratic||Judy Greco Incumbent||17.9%||4,193|
|Democratic||Sharon Beloin-Saavedra Incumbent||17.6%||4,122|
|Source: Connecticut Secretary of State, "Municipal Elections - November 5, 2013," accessed December 17, 2013|
Sharon Beloin-Saavedra did not report any contributions or expenditures to the Connecticut State Elections Enforcement Commission.
Beloin-Saavedra provided the following reasons for her 2013 re-election campaign in the New Britain City Journal:
"I am seeking re-election to a third term on the New Britain Board of Education because I believe deeply in urban education. Education is the great equalizer in life. It levels the playing field of opportunity. I would like to continue working with Mr. Cooper in an effort to change the trajectory of student achievement. A process that began this year with the recapturing of instructional hours, commitment to meaningful time on task, simplification of initiatives, equalizing the academic offerings for our students through the new neighborhood school model and successfully advocating for and receiving funds for new technology and textbooks. We have successfully reduced class size and increased the number of classroom teachers in our district. My role as President of the BOE is to work closely with the Superintendent and collaborate on ideas while working on policy and budgets. I am proud of the search process that led to the hiring of Mr. Cooper."
What was at stake?
Five seats were at stake. 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.
About the district
- See also: New Britain Public Schools, Connecticut
New Britain lags behind the rest of Connecticut based on median income, poverty levels and higher education achievement. 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%).
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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- New Britain Public Schools, "Sharon Beloin-Saavedra," accessed October 8, 2013
- New Britain City Journal, "Elections 2013 – Board of Education – Sharon Beloin-Saavedra (D)," October 4, 2013
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: New Britain," accessed October 24, 2013
- Connecticut Secretary of State, "Election Results," accessed October 8, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014