Waterbury Public Schools elections (2013)
Method of election
What was at stake?
Waterbury Public Schools
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 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%).
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.
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. 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.
The candidates on the November 5, 2013 ballot were:
- Graduate, Naugatuck Valley Community College
- Employee, Connecticut Department of Developmental Services
- Graduate, Eastern Connecticut State University and Albertus Magnus College
- Supervisor, Neopost USA
- Assistant to the deputy commissioner, Connecticut Department of Children and Families
- Graduate, Central Connecticut State University
- Retired educator
- Graduate, Fairfield University and Post University
- Engineer, Sikorsky Aircraft
- Graduate, Mattatuck Community College and American InterContinental University
- President, Sillari Advocacy for Connecticut's Special Needs Children
- Delivery driver, UPS
- 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.
|Waterbury Public Schools, General Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|Democratic||Karen E. Harvey Incumbent||17.5%||5,883|
|Democratic||Felix Rodriguez Incumbent||16%||5,361|
|Republican||Charles L. Stango Incumbent||12.1%||4,083|
|Republican||Thomas 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|
|Source: Connecticut Secretary of State, "Municipal Elections - November 5, 2013," accessed December 16, 2013|
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.
The following dates are key deadlines for the Waterbury Board of Education election in 2013:
|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.
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- Waterbury Public Schools, Connecticut
- New Haven County, Connecticut ballot measures
- District page
- City of Waterbury
- Connecticut Secretary of State
- Connecticut Democratic Party
- Waterbury Republican Town Committee
- Independent Party Waterbury Town Committee
- City of Waterbury, "United States Census Data," accessed October 8, 2013
- Connecticut Secretary of State, "Election Results," accessed October 8, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- Connecticut General Assembly, "Minority Representation Requirements," accessed October 7, 2013
- Connecticut Office of Government Accountability, "November Municipal Candidate Committees Calendar," accessed October 8, 2013
- City of Waterbury, "Current Elected Officials," accessed October 8, 2013