Sherelle Harris

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Sherelle Harris
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Norwalk Board of Education, At-large
Incumbent
Years in position 1
PartyDemocratic
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 5, 2013
Next generalNovember 2017
Term limitsN/A
Personal
ProfessionLibrary director
Sherelle Harris is Democratic member of the Norwalk Board of Education. She first won election to the board as a Democratic candidate against nine other candidates on November 5, 2013.

Biography

Harris is the assistant director of the Norwalk Public Library System.[1]

Elections

2013

See also: Norwalk Public Schools elections (2013)

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

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

Funding

Sherelle Harris did not report any contributions or expenditures to the Connecticut State Elections Enforcement Commission.

Campaign themes

2013

Harris explained her top priorities in the 2013 campaign in an interview with the League of Women Voters of Norwalk:[2]

All the best laid plans in education won’t get out of the gate if we don’t get a handle on literacy. I understand that a teacher can have two students in the same class with the same instruction. One excels. The other doesn’t. I understand that w have language barriers. I understand that there are high expectations in some instances and low standards in others. I know we have parental involvement in some cases. In other cases we do not. At this point I don’t think I’m interested in the blame game as much as I’m interested in embracing Norwalk demographics to better serve all students equally and agreeing on a curriculum that raises the bar across the board in literacy. I would continue to support early childhood education to give a head start to all children and particularly those who don’t have the benefit of parents who think literacy is important. This is also where early intervention of ADD/ADHD, developmental delays, etc. can take place before things get out of hand and before self-esteem is affected.

Creating an inclusive environment where each student feels valued is a step toward closing the achievement gap.

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.[3]

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.[4]

Demographics

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%).[4]

Racial Demographics, 2010[4]
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[5]
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, 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.[6]

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