Joe Larcheveque

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Joe Larcheveque
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Bridgeport Board of Education, At-large
Member
Term ends
November 2017
PartyRepublican
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 5, 2013
Next generalNovember 2017
Term limitsN/A
Personal
ProfessionEMS coordinator
Joe Larcheveque is a Republican member of the Bridgeport Board of Education. He first won election to the board against seven other candidates on November 5, 2013.

Biography

Larcheveque has served as Deputy Chief of Training at Stamford Emergency Medical Services since 1992. He has a paramedic and the EMS coordinator for Milford Hospital. Larcheveque has three children who are currently attending district schools.[1][2]

Elections

2013

See also: Bridgeport Public Schools elections (2013)

Opposition

Larcheveque won election to the board against seven other candidates for five available seats on November 5, 2013. He earned the Republican Party endorsement in the election along with fellow challengers Steve Best and John Weldon.

Results

Bridgeport Public Schools, General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDave Hennessey 20.1% 940
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngHoward Gardner 15.7% 731
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJoe Larcheveque 15.1% 706
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAndre Baker, Jr. 15.3% 714
     Republican Steve Best 11.8% 550
     Republican John Weldon 10.3% 482
     Working Families Eric Stewart-Alicea 4.2% 194
     Working Families Green check mark transparent.pngSauda Baraka Incumbent 4% 186
     Working Families Andre Baker, Jr. 3.6% 167
Total Votes 4,670
Source: Connecticut Secretary of State, "Municipal Elections - November 5, 2013," accessed December 16, 2013

Endorsements

Larcheveque was endorsed by Citizens Working for a Better Bridgeport PAC on October 3, 2013.[3] He was also endorsed by The Connecticut Post on October 27, 2013.[4]

Campaign themes

2013

In a letter to Only in Bridgeport, Larcheveque explained his reasons for running for a board seat in 2013:[5]

"Many parents struggle with the decision of where to send their children to school. Some move out of Bridgeport or take on the burden of private or parochial school tuition. We have outstanding teachers and staff in our public schools and with hard work and a team approach, we can make the District the envy of the state and a model of quality, community-involved public education. To start, we must restore the Bridgeport Board of Education to a civil, productive body that works together with one overarching purpose: to provide the best educational opportunities possible for the youth of Bridgeport.

I will reach out to every neighborhood, to members of any and all political parties. I am committed to working hard to gain support across the city. Here are my promises to you:

  • I PROMISE to engage the community and tirelessly advocate for all students, teachers and staff.
  • I know that the reputation of the entire school district is reflected in the behavior and attitude of the members of the Board of Education. I PROMISE to be always be civil and respectful of my fellow Board members, administrative officials, parents, students, teachers, EVERYONE. I will work to reach beyond party labels and build consensus for true progress.
  • Federal and state governments are not consistently reliable sources of funding, and city taxpayers already bear a heavy burden. I PROMISE to look for partnerships with area communities, universities, trade schools, corporations and employers, in an effort to provide pathways that would prove beneficial to all, as the best workforce is an educated workforce.
  • I PROMISE to be well-acquainted with district policies.
  • I PROMISE to base my decisions on the facts.
  • I PROMISE to vote at all times in the best interests of our children and the school district.
  • I PROMISE to listen to opposing views and be able to defend the outcome of Board’s decisions derived from honest and respectful debate and analysis.
  • I PROMISE to work hard to improve district communication with students, parents and the community.
  • I PROMISE to maintain strict confidentiality on all sensitive matters pertaining to the children and personnel and schools which, if disclosed, would needlessly injure anyone."

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


Campaign finance

Joe Larcheveque reported no contributions or expenditures to the Connecticut State Elections Enforcement Commission.

What was at stake?

Democratic incumbents Leticia Colon, Thomas Mulligan, Jr. and Bobby Simmons did not file for re-election in 2013. The Democratic primary yielded a slate including Andre Baker, Jr., Dave Hennessey and Howard Gardner. Although the candidates were not endorsed by the party's town committee, all three won election to the board.[6] The Bridgeport Republican Town Committee selected Larcheveque, Steve Best and John Weldon as their candidates for the board. Weldon was the only Republican pick to not win election to the board.[7] The Working Families Party sought to retain two seats and pick up a Democratic seat by endorsing incumbent Sauda Baraka and Eric Stewart-Alicea, as well as Democratic candidate Baker. Neither Baraka nor Stewart-Alicea won election to the board.[8]

Issues

Board relations with Mayor Finch

The main issue during the Bridgeport Board of Education elections in 2013 was the relationship between the board, Democratic Mayor Bill Finch and Superintendent Paul Vallas. Finch has been criticized for his efforts to orchestrate a state takeover of the school board by the state in July 2011. The mayor argued that conflict on the board prevented reforms necessary to improve test scores and reduce budget deficits.[9] This effort allowed the state to appoint new board members and appoint education reformer Paul Vallas as superintendent. In February 2012, the Connecticut State Supreme Court ruled 6-1 that the state takeover was unconstitutional and resumed local control over schools. Five members of the board who were replaced by state appointees were reinstated after the ruling and four new members were elected during a special election in spring 2012. The Democratic and Working Families candidates in the 2013 election had hoped to take all five available seats to counter reform efforts by Finch, Vallas and current board members. However, two seats were picked up by Republican candidates Larcheveque and Steve Best.

Board relations with Superintendent Vallas

Paul Vallas was appointed by the state as Superintendent of Bridgeport Public Schools in January 2012. Vallas, a former school administrator in New Orleans and Chicago, has been criticized for budget cuts as well as excessive testing. Critics like board member Sauda Baraka have focused on the use of standardized testing every six weeks and resource deprivation in the classroom as reasons to oust Vallas. Supporters, including Mayor Finch, note that the district has closed a budget deficit and placed local schools on the right path. The Democratic and Working Families candidates in the 2013 election were vocal opponents of Vallas.[10] Vallas is currently serving under a three-year contract approved by a majority of board members in 2013 which opponents are challenging in state court.[11]

About the district

See also: Bridgeport Public Schools, Connecticut
Bridgeport Public Schools is located in Fairfield County, Connecticut
Bridgeport Public Schools is located in Bridgeport, the largest city in Connecticut and the county seat for Fairfield County. Bridgeport is located along the Long Island Sound with the Pequonnock River cutting through the downtown district. The population of Bridgeport was 60,477 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[12]

Demographics

Bridgeport lags behind the rest of Connecticut based on median income and higher education achievement while outperforming the state poverty rate. The 2010 U.S. Census found the median income in Bridgeport was $60,032 while the state median income was $69,243. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (21.7%) was lower than the state average (35.7%). The city's poverty rate was 8.2% compared to the state's 9.5% poverty rate.[12]

Racial Demographics, 2010[12]
Race Bridgeport (%) Connecticut (%)
White 87.7 77.6
Black or African American 3.8 10.1
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.2 0.3
Asian 1.9 3.8
Two or More Races 2.5 2.6
Hispanic or Latino 9.6 13.4

Presidential Voting Pattern[13]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 85.7 13.8
2008 83.5 16
2004 70.7 27.8
2000 72.7 22.1

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.[14]

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