Waterbury Public Schools elections (2013)

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2013 Waterbury Public Schools Elections

General Election date:
November 5, 2013
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
Elections
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
References
See also
Connecticut
Waterbury Public Schools
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Five seats on the Waterbury Board of Education were up for election on November 5, 2013. Ten candidates sought election to the board including three candidates each from the Democratic, Republican and Independent parties, along with one unaffiliated candidate. Karen E. Harvey, Felix Rodriguez, Juanita Hernandez, Charles L. Stango and Thomas Van Stone, Sr. defeated five challengers to win five at-large seats.

About the district

See also: Waterbury Public Schools, Connecticut
Waterbury Public Schools is located in New Haven County, Connecticut
Waterbury Public Schools is located along the Naugatuck River in New Haven County in southern Connecticut. The population of Waterbury was 110,189 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[1]

Demographics

Waterbury lagged behind state rates for poverty, median income and higher education achievement in 2010. The city had a poverty rate of 20.6% in the 2010 U.S. Census while the state rate was 9.5%. The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Waterbury's median income at $41,499 while the state median income was $69,243. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (17.2%) is below the state average (35.7%).[1]

Racial Demographics, 2010[1]
Race Waterbury (%) Connecticut (%)
White 58.8 77.6
Black or African American 20.1 10.1
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.6 0.3
Asian 1.8 3.8
Two or More Races 4.6 2.6
Hispanic or Latino 31.2 13.4

Presidential Voting Pattern[2]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 64.9 34.3
2008 62.9 35.7
2004 49.2 48.7
2000 56.1 38.5

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.[3]

Method of board member selection

The Waterbury Board of Education consists of ten members who are elected at-large to four-year terms. The Democratic, Republican and Independent Party Town committees in Waterbury endorsed candidates in July 2013 for the board elections. Five seats were up for election on November 5, 2013 and five seats will be on the ballot on November 3, 2015.

State law requires a minimum of three seats to be held by minority parties following each election.[4] The composition of the board heading into the November 2013 election was six Democrats, three Republicans and one independent member. On November 5, 2013, voters were able to choose any three candidates on the ballot regardless of party. The five candidates who received the most votes won election to the board.

Elections

2013

Candidates

The candidates on the November 5, 2013 ballot were:

Democratic Party Juanita Hernandez

  • Graduate, Naugatuck Valley Community College
  • Employee, Connecticut Department of Developmental Services

Democratic Party Karen E. Harvey

  • Incumbent
  • Graduate, Eastern Connecticut State University and Albertus Magnus College
  • Supervisor, Neopost USA

Democratic Party Felix Rodriguez

  • Incumbent
  • Assistant to the deputy commissioner, Connecticut Department of Children and Families

Republican Party John F. Alseph Jr.

  • Retired

Republican Party Charles L. Stango

  • Incumbent
  • Graduate, Central Connecticut State University
  • Retired educator

Republican Party Thomas Van Stone, Sr.

  • Graduate, Fairfield University and Post University
  • Engineer, Sikorsky Aircraft

Independent Margaret A. O'Brien

  • Graduate, Mattatuck Community College and American InterContinental University
  • President, Sillari Advocacy for Connecticut's Special Needs Children

Independent James K. Russell

  • Delivery driver, UPS

Independent Kimberly A. Sidoti

  • Bookkeeper

Independent Ann M. Sweeney

  • Incumbent
  • Customer service representative, Hubbard Hall, Inc.

Note: Sweeney did not seek an Independent Party endorsement and ran for election without endorsement as a petitioning candidate.

Election results

Waterbury Public Schools, General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKaren E. Harvey Incumbent 17.5% 5,883
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngFelix Rodriguez Incumbent 16% 5,361
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJuanita Hernandez 15.5% 5,198
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCharles L. Stango Incumbent 12.1% 4,083
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngThomas Van Stone, Sr. 10.6% 3,551
     Republican John F. Alseph Jr. 9.1% 3,062
     Independent Margaret A. O'Brien 6.2% 2,090
     Independent James K. Russell 5% 1,673
     Independent Kimberly A. Sidoti 4.8% 1,623
     Petitioning Candidate Ann M. Sweeney Incumbent 3.2% 1,082
Total Votes 33,606
Source: Connecticut Secretary of State, "Municipal Elections - November 5, 2013," accessed December 16, 2013

Campaign finance

No contributions or expenditures were reported during the election, according to the Connecticut State Elections Enforcement Commission.

What was at stake?

Five seats were at stake. Incumbent Democrats Karen E. Harvey and Felix Rodriguez, as well as incumbent Republican Charles L. Stango and incumbent Independent Ann M. Sweeney were on the ballot. Sweeney, who ran without endorsement, was the only candidate who did not win re-election to the board. Democrat Jose Morales did not seek re-election in 2013.

Key deadlines

The following dates are key deadlines for the Waterbury Board of Education election in 2013:[5]

Deadline Event
July 23, 2013 Last day for political party endorsements of candidates by town caucus or convention
July 24, 2013 Nominating petitions available for primary
August 7, 2013 Last day to file nominating petitions for primary
September 10, 2013 Primary day
October 10, 2013 First campaign finance filing date following primary election
October 29, 2013 Last campaign finance filing filing date prior to general election
November 5, 2013 Election day
December 5, 2013 Certification of election results by county

Additional elections on the ballot

The Waterbury Board of Education elections shared the ballot with other local elections. Residents of Waterbury cast ballots for mayor, town clerk, city clerk, city sheriff and 15 seats on the board of Aldermen.[6]

See also

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