Shirley Mosby

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Shirley Mosby
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Norwalk Board of Education, At-large
Incumbent
Years in position 1
PartyDemocratic
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 5, 2013
Next generalNovember 2017
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sAlbertus Magnus College
Shirley Mosby is a Democratic member of the Norwalk Board of Education. She first won election to the board as a Democratic candidate against nine other candidates on November 5, 2013. Mosby previously served on the board from 2007 to 2009.

Biography

Mosby earned a B.S. in Business from Albertus Magnus College. She has been an active volunteer with the Norwalk NAACP including a stint as vice president in 2011.[1][2]

Elections

2013

See also: Norwalk Public Schools elections (2013)

Mosby won election to the board against nine other candidates for four seats on November 5, 2013. She ran on the Democratic slate along with incumbent Heidi Keyes and challenger Sherelle Harris and Haroldo Williams. Mosby also appeared on the ballot as a Working Families Party candidate after receiving the party's endorsement in August 2013.

Norwalk Public Schools, General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngHeidi Keyes Incumbent 12.2% 6,985
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngArtie Kassimis Incumbent 12.1% 6,917
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngShirley Mosby 11.8% 6,734
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSherelle Harris 11.5% 6,574
     Republican Sue Haynie Incumbent 11.4% 6,500
     Democratic Haroldo Williams 10.9% 6,234
     Republican John Bazzano 10.7% 6,130
     Republican Lauren Rosato 10.7% 6,109
     Norwalk Community Values Steve Colarossi Incumbent 3.6% 2,073
     Norwalk Community Values Andres Roman 3.1% 1,795
     Working Families Shirley Mosby 1.1% 610
     Working Families Heidi Keyes 0.9% 532
Total Votes 57,193
Source: Connecticut Secretary of State, "Municipal Elections - November 5, 2013," accessed December 17, 2013

Funding

Shirley Mosby did not report any contributions or expenditures to the Connecticut State Elections Enforcement Commission.

Campaign themes

2013

In an interview with Nancy on Norwalk, Mosby explained her campaign themes for 2013:[3]

  • Improving Student Achievement

Improving student achievement is one of the most important challenges. I will work with the Board of Education members and the superintendent to implement the most appropriate polices to improve student achievement. We must focus on narrowing the achievement gap and ensure that all students are engaged in appropriate instruction that will provide the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful. I will work with the BOE to determine strategies to involve parents to become our partners in closing the achievement gap.

  • Parental and Community Involvement

Parental and community involvement are key and very important to improve student achievement. I was involved in PTO and parent groups from the moment my son entered Cranbury School until the day that he graduated from Norwalk High School. I enrolled in the PLTI (Parent Leadership Training Institute) classes and assisted parents to take an active part in their child’s education.

  • Communication and Safety

We must establish communication with the stakeholders (parents, students, administrators, community, etc.). I will work with the Board of Education to establish policies to enhance communication with our community, parents, and staff. I will be available to all, and I will listen.

After the recent tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., I will be diligent about the safety of our students and staff, not just from possible outside intruders but safety in the classroom. I have been and will be responsive to the needs and expectations of all members of our school community.

What was at stake?

Four seats were at stake. Incumbents Steve Colarossi, Sue Haynie, Artie Kassimis and Heidi Keyes were on the ballot. Of the incumbents, only Democratic candidate Keyes and Republican candidate Kassimis won re-election to the board. The ballot featured a total of ten candidates, including four candidates each from the local Democratic and Republican Town Committees and a pair of candidates from the Norwalk Community Values Party. The Working Families Party endorsed Democratic candidates Heidi Keyes and Shirley Mosby for the November 5 election. Neither of the Norwalk Community Values Party candidates, Steve Colarossi nor Andres Roman, won election to the board.[4]

About the district

See also: Norwalk Public Schools, Connecticut
Norwalk Public Schools is located in Fairfield County, Connecticut
Norwalk Public Schools is located in Fairfield County in southwestern Connecticut. The City of Norwalk is located along the Long Island Sound with the Norwalk River running past the city's downtown district. The population of Norwalk was 85,603 according to the 2010 Census.[5]

Demographics

Norwalk outperforms the rest of Connecticut based on median income, poverty levels and higher education achievement. The 2010 U.S. Census found the median income in Norwalk was $76,384 while the state median income was $69,243. The city's poverty rate was 8% compared to the state's 9.5% poverty rate. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (40.2%) was lower than the state average (35.7%).[5]

Racial Demographics, 2010[5]
Race Norwalk (%) Connecticut (%)
White 87.7 77.6
Black or African American 14.2 10.1
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4 0.3
Asian 4.8 3.8
Two or More Races 2.8 2.6
Hispanic or Latino 24.3 13.4

Presidential Voting Pattern[6]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 63 36
2008 65.5 33.8
2004 58.2 40
2000 59.9 35.8

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 100.0%. Each column will add up to 100.0% after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.[7]

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