Steve Colarossi

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Steve Colarossi
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Norwalk Board of Education, At-large
Former member
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 3, 2009
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sHarvard College
J.D.University of Virginia
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Steve Colarossi served as an at-large member of the Norwalk Board of Education from 2009 to 2013. He lost re-election to the board as a Norwalk Community Values candidate against nine other candidates on November 5, 2013.


Colarossi earned a B.A. in Economics from Harvard College in 1986. He later earned a J.D. from the University of Virginia in 1989. Colarossi has been a practicing attorney since 1989 and currently practices at the Law Office of Alice M. McQuaid, LLC. He served on the Norwalk Zoning Board of Appeals from 2008 to 2009. Colarossi and his wife have two children.[1]



See also: Norwalk Public Schools elections (2013)


Colarossi lost re-election to the board against nine other candidates for four seats on November 5, 2013. He ran with Andres Roman as part of the Norwalk Community Values slate.


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


Steve Colarossi did not report any contributions or expenditures to the Connecticut State Elections Enforcement Commission.

Campaign themes


The Norwalk Community Values Party website explains Colarossi's qualifications for re-election:[2]

"As a member of Norwalk’s Board of Education, Steve Colarossi has fought to hold the people who spend our taxdollars and who educate our children accountable. That’s why he’s been unafraid to ask the tough questions of superintendents and other administrators—that’s why he reviewed every line of every budget, questioning the assumptions that caused years of misappropriations and fought to end years of wasteful spending. And that’s also why, when political considerations took center stage in the 2012-2013 budget, Steve Colarossi developed an alternative kids’ first budget plan, and was the lone voice to support the programs needed by our most vulnerable students."

Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.

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.[3]


Tensions on the board

Sue Haynie, who did not win re-election on November 5, 2013, had been involved in several tense discussions over district policies since January 2013. She engaged in a heated debate with board member Steve Colarossi, also not re-elected on November 5, 2013, over a request to read comments into board minutes in March 2013. Haynie's request was challenged by Colarossi on the grounds that board policy treats minutes as a summary of events rather than a detailed record of each meeting. In January 2013, the Norwalk Federation of Teachers criticized Haynie as an advocate for the district's inclusion in a state teacher evaluation pilot. The criticism cited the delayed roll-out of the evaluation system as an indicator of the pilot's failings. In an interview with The Hour, Haynie noted that she asks tough questions and is willing to try new approaches to improve student achievement.[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]


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 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.[7]

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