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Ann M. Sweeney

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Ann M. Sweeney
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Waterbury Board of Education, At-large
Former member
Term ends
November 2013
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 2005
Term limitsN/A
High schoolCrosby High School
ProfessionCustomer service representative
Office website
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Ann M. Sweeney was an at-large member of the Waterbury Board of Education. She lost re-election to the board as a petitioning candidate against nine other candidates on November 5, 2013. Sweeney first won election to the board in 2005.


Sweeney graduated from Crosby High School in 1973 and currently works as a customer service representative at Hubbard Hall Inc. She and her husband, Robert, have two children.[1]



See also: Waterbury Public Schools elections (2013)

Sweeney lost re-election to the board as an unaffiliated candidate against nine other candidates on November 5, 2013. She previously won election as an Independent Party candidate but did not seek the party's endorsement and ran as a petitioning candidate on the ballot.[2]

Waterbury Public Schools, General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKaren E. Harvey Incumbent 17.5% 5,883
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngFelix Rodriguez Incumbent 16% 5,361
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJuanita Hernandez 15.5% 5,198
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCharles L. Stango Incumbent 12.1% 4,083
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngThomas Van Stone, Sr. 10.6% 3,551
     Republican John F. Alseph Jr. 9.1% 3,062
     Independent Margaret A. O'Brien 6.2% 2,090
     Independent James K. Russell 5% 1,673
     Independent Kimberly A. Sidoti 4.8% 1,623
     Petitioning Candidate Ann M. Sweeney Incumbent 3.2% 1,082
Total Votes 33,606
Source: Connecticut Secretary of State, "Municipal Elections - November 5, 2013," accessed December 16, 2013


Ann M. Sweeney has not reported any contributions or expenditures to the Connecticut State Elections Enforcement Commission.

Campaign themes


On her campaign's Facebook page, Sweeney explained her decision to run without endorsement in 2013:[3]

"After 2 successful 4 year terms elected on a party line, I have made the decision to run as a petitioning candidate. Board of Education members should be there for the students and the district. Making decisions based on those needs may not always meet a party line philosophy. But our charge is students first always. I believe we should ALL run head to head without party ties. I hope this transition will confirm to voters that I am not about the politics of any party, I am all about the needs of the students and the district."

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

What was at stake?

Five seats were at stake. Incumbent Democrats Karen E. Harvey and Felix Rodriguez, as well as incumbent Republican Charles L. Stango and incumbent Independent Ann M. Sweeney were on the ballot. Sweeney, who ran without endorsement, was the only candidate who did not win re-election to the board. Democrat Jose Morales did not seek re-election in 2013.

About the district

See also: Waterbury Public Schools, Connecticut
Waterbury Public Schools is located in New Haven County, Connecticut
Waterbury Public Schools is located along the Naugatuck River in New Haven County in southern Connecticut. The population of Waterbury was 110,189 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[4]


Waterbury lagged behind state rates for poverty, median income and higher education achievement in 2010. The city had a poverty rate of 20.6% in the 2010 U.S. Census while the state rate was 9.5%. The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Waterbury's median income at $41,499 while the state median income was $69,243. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (17.2%) is below the state average (35.7%).[4]

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