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Nicola Tarzia
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Former candidate for
Stamford Board of Education, At-large
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Stamford Board of Education
High schoolStamford High School
ProfessionGeneral contractor
Nicola Tarzia was a candidate for an at-large seat on the Stamford Board of Education. He lost election to the board as a Republican against five other candidates on November 5, 2013. He was also a 2012 Republican candidate for District 147 of the Connecticut House of Representatives but lost to Democrat William Tong.


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.[1]



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
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngGeoff Alswanger Incumbent 22.5% 11,311
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Lyons II Incumbent 20.9% 10,500
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Leydon, Jr. Incumbent 19.7% 9,906
     Democratic Dolores Burgess 18.4% 9,238
     Democratic Nicola Tarzia 16.5% 8,314
     Green Richard Duffee 2% 994
Total Votes 50,263
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.

Past elections


See also: Connecticut House of Representatives elections, 2012

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.[2] Tarzia was defeated in the general election.[3]

Connecticut House of Representatives, District 147, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngWilliam Tong Incumbent 56.9% 6,214
     Republican Nicola Tarzia 43.1% 4,708
Total Votes 10,922

Campaign themes


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.[4]

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.


2002 arrest

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.[5]

District issues

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.[6]

About the district

See also: Stamford Public Schools, Connecticut
Stamford Public Schools is located in Fairfield County, Connecticut
Stamford Public Schools is located in Fairfield County in southwestern Connecticut. The population of Stamford was 122,643 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[7]


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%).[7]

Racial Demographics, 2010[7]
Race Stamford (%) Connecticut (%)
White 65 77.6
Black or African American 13.9 10.1
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 0.3
Asian 7.9 3.8
Two or More Races 3.2 2.6
Hispanic or Latino 23.8 13.4

Presidential Voting Pattern[8]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 62.3 36.8
2008 64.1 35.3
2004 58.6 40.1
2000 62 34.3

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.[9] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

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