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|Former candidate for|
|Stamford Board of Education, At-large|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|Stamford Board of Education|
|High school||Stamford High School|
Tarzia graduated from Stamford High School and studied Plumbing, Heating and HVAC at J.M. Wright Technical School and the Industrial Management and Training Institute. He has been a general contractor and owner of Tanzia Group since 1988.
- See also: Stamford Public Schools elections (2013)
Tarzia lost election to the board against five other candidates for three available seats on November 5, 2013.
|Stamford Public Schools, General Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|Democratic||Geoff Alswanger Incumbent||22.5%||11,311|
|Democratic||Richard Lyons II Incumbent||20.9%||10,500|
|Republican||John Leydon, Jr. Incumbent||19.7%||9,906|
|Source: Connecticut Secretary of State, "Municipal Elections - November 5, 2013," accessed December 17, 2013|
Nicola Tarzia has not reported any contributions or expenditures to the Connecticut State Elections Enforcement Commission.
Tarzia ran in the 2012 election for Connecticut House of Representatives District 147. He faced William Tong (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012. Tarzia was defeated in the general election.
|Connecticut House of Representatives, District 147, General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||William Tong Incumbent||56.9%||6,214|
During an October 3, 2013 candidate forum, Tarzia advocated for the use of school uniforms throughout the district. He said he believed school uniforms could reduce bullying, create a better atmosphere for learning and create revenue sources if schools sell uniforms to district families.
What was at stake?
Three seats were at stake. Incumbent Democrats Geoff Alswanger and Richard Lyons II and incumbent Republican John Leydon, Jr. were on the ballot. All three won re-election to the board against Democratic challenger Dolores Burgess, Republican challenger Nicola Tarzia and Green Party challenger Richard Duffee.
Tarzia served on the Stamford Board of Education from 2000 until his resignation in March 2004. His resignation stemmed from a report by the Stamford Advocate that detailed his 2002 arrest in Newport, Rhode Island for drug possession. The charges were dismissed in 2003 after completion of a mandatory program. Tarzia later filed 15 charges against the Newport Police Department and state officials for releasing his records to the local newspaper. The Rhode Island State Supreme Court rejected Tarzia's case in June 2012 on the grounds that officials did not reveal privately held information to the Advocate.
The Board of Education is currently dealing with the issue of overcrowding that has emerged due to population growth in Fairfield County and inadequate infrastructure investment. Superintendent Winifred Hamilton has suggested five options for dealing with overcrowded classrooms including the use of 20 portable classrooms, renovating an office building to serve as a school and investing in a new school that would require up to 30 months of development.
About the district
- See also: Stamford Public Schools, Connecticut
Stamford outperforms the rest of Connecticut based on median income and poverty levels but lags behind in higher education achievement. The 2010 U.S. Census found the median income in Stamford was $78,201 while the state median income was $69,243. The city's poverty rate was 11% compared to the state's 9.5% poverty rate. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (43.9%) was higher than 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, 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.
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- LinkedIn, "Nicola Tarzia," accessed October 10, 2013
- Connecticut Secretary of State, "Candidate list" accessed October 30, 2012
- Connecticut Secretary of State, "Election Results 2012," accessed November 21, 2012
- Stamford Advocate, "Stamford ed board candidates talk bullying, portables and how to dress," October 3, 2013
- Stamford Advocate, "R.I. Supreme Court rules against former school board member," June 12, 2012
- Stamford Advocate, "Stamford schools overcrowding likely to involve redistricting," September 26, 2013
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Stamford," accessed October 24, 2013
- Connecticut Secretary of State, "Election Results," accessed October 10, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014