Haroldo Williams

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Haroldo Williams
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Former candidate for
Norwalk Board of Education, At-large
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
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Haroldo Williams was a candidate for an at-large seat on the Norwalk Board of Education. He lost election to the board as a Democratic candidate against nine other candidates on November 5, 2013.


Williams grew up in the Panama Canal Zone and moved to the United States in the 1970s. He has previously volunteered as a student mentor, math tutor and Norwalk PTO Council member. Williams and his wife have two children who attended district schools.[1]



See also: Norwalk Public Schools elections (2013)

Williams lost election to the board against nine other candidates for four seats on November 5, 2013. He ran on the Democratic slate along with incumbents Heidi Keyes and Shirley Mosby as well as fellow challenger Sherelle Harris

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


Haroldo Williams did not report any contributions or expenditures to the Connecticut State Elections Enforcement Commission.

Campaign themes


Williams explained his top priorities in the 2013 campaign in an interview with the League of Women Voters of Norwalk:[1]

  • Establish clear & measurable Education Goals & Objectives
    • I would share with the B.O.E. that Board of Education of high performing schools systems have clear & measurable goals and objectives that are used to benchmark the performance of their school system; and I would recommend that we prioritize this initiative.
  • Develop and launch a community strategy for overcoming the achievement gap, while boosting the academic achievement of all students.
    • I would propose to the board to launch an initiative that would engage parents, teachers, community centers, religious institutions, and volunteers, to academically engage, and motivate students to achieve academic excellence
  • Establish standard business processes for use in proposing, evaluating, and launching educational and operations initiatives in the Norwalk Public Schools (such as the new Common Core curriculum, and the recently proposed technology initiative)
    • I will identify deficiencies and ineffectiveness in the loose process that is being used to propose, select, and implement the new initiatives. I will then compare this to how successful organizations use data, facts, analysis and process to make decisions and launch new business initiatives – such as Six Sigma, and Lean Manufacturing; and I will provide recommendations for how we could transition the B.O.E.

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.[2]

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.[3]


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%).[3]

Racial Demographics, 2010[3]
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[4]
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 rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[5][6]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Daily Voice, "League of Women Voters of Norwalk 2013 Voters Guide," accessed November 5, 2013
  2. The Hour, " Norwalk Democrats receive endorsement of Connecticut Working Families Party," September 4, 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Norwalk," accessed October 24, 2013
  4. Connecticut Secretary of State, "Election Results," accessed October 10, 2013
  5. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  6. 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. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.