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Danbury Public Schools elections (2013)

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2013 Danbury Public Schools Elections

General Election date:
November 5, 2013
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
See also
Danbury Public Schools
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Five seats on the Danbury Board of Education were up for election on November 5, 2013. Eight candidates, including five Republican candidates and three Democratic candidates, sought election to the board. Eileen Alberts, Michael Ferguson, Ralph Pietrafesa, Kathleen Molinaro and Richard Jannelli defeated Gary Falkenthal, Charles Alpuche and Mayra Olavarria to win five at-large seats.

About the district

See also: Danbury Public Schools, Connecticut
Danbury Public Schools is located in Fairfield County, Connecticut
The Town of Danbury is located in the northern half of Fairfield County, which is situated in southwestern Connecticut. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the population of Danbury was 80,898.[1]


Danbury underperformed the state average for higher education achievement as measured by the 2010 U.S. Census. The percentage of Danbury residents over 25 years old with bachelor's degrees (31.0%) fell below the state average (36.2%). The median household income in Danbury was $66,281 while the state median income was $69,519. The U.S. Census also found that the poverty rate in Danbury was 10.1% while the state rate was 10.0%.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2010[1]
Race Danbury (%) Connecticut (%)
White 68.2 77.6
Black or African American 7.2 10.1
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4 0.3
Asian 6.8 3.8
Two or More Races 4.5 2.6
Hispanic or Latino 25.0 13.4

Presidential Voting Pattern[2]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 58.4 40.5
2008 59.4 39.8
2004 51.3 47.2
2000 55.1 39.8

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, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[3] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

Method of board member selection

The Danbury Board of Education consists of 11 members elected at-large to four-year terms. The Democratic and Republican Party Town Committees in Danbury endorsed candidates in July 2013 for the board elections. Five seats were up for election on November 5, 2013 and six seats will be on the ballot on November 3, 2015.

State law requires a minimum of three seats to be held by minority parties following each election.[4] The composition of the board heading into the November 2013 election was six Republicans and five Democrats.[5] On November 5, 2013, voters were able to choose any three candidates on the ballot regardless of party. The five candidates who received the most votes won election to the board.




The candidates on the November 5, 2013 ballot were:
Democratic Party Richard Jannelli

  • Incumbent
  • Graduate, City College of New York
  • Chief financial officer, Gym Source

Democratic Party Kathleen Molinaro

  • Incumbent
  • Retired

Democratic Party Mayra Olavarria
Republican Party Eileen Alberts

  • Incumbent
  • Director, Irish Cultural Center

Republican Party Charles Alpuche
Republican Party Gary Falkenthal

  • Incumbent
  • Owner, Falcon Valley Realty
  • Veteran, U.S. Navy

Republican Party Michael Ferguson
Republican Party Ralph Pietrafesa

Election results

Danbury Public Schools, General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngEileen Alberts Incumbent 15.8% 6,834
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Ferguson 14.2% 6,162
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRalph Pietrafesa 13.5% 5,869
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKathleen Molinaro Incumbent 12.9% 5,593
     Republican Gary Falkenthal Incumbent 11.7% 5,061
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Jannelli Incumbent 11.2% 4,851
     Republican Charles Alpuche 10.7% 4,624
     Democratic Mayra Olavarria 10.1% 4,376
Total Votes 43,370
Source: Connecticut Secretary of State, "Municipal Elections - November 5, 2013," accessed December 17, 2013


The Danbury Citywide PTO and Danbury Children First hosted a candidate forum at the Broadview Middle School Auditorium on October 16, 2013.[6]

Campaign finance

No contributions or expenditures were reported during the election, according to the Connecticut State Elections Enforcement Commission.

What was at stake?

Five seats were at stake. Incumbents Eileen Alberts (R), Gary Falkenthal (R), Richard Jannelli (D) and Kathleen Molinaro (R) were on the ballot. Only Falkenthal lost his re-election bid. The Danbury Republican Town Committee endorsed a slate of five candidates in 2013 while the Democratic Town Committee endorsed three candidates.

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Danbury Board of Education election in 2013:[7]

Deadline Event
July 23, 2013 Last day for political party endorsements of candidates by town caucus or convention
July 24, 2013 Nominating petitions available for primary
August 7, 2013 Last day to file nominating petitions for primary
September 10, 2013 Primary day
October 10, 2013 First campaign finance filing date following primary election
October 29, 2013 Last campaign finance filing filing date prior to general election
November 5, 2013 Election day
December 5, 2013 Certification of election results by county

Additional elections on the ballot

The Danbury Public Schools elections shared the ballot with other local measures. Residents of Danbury cast ballots for mayor, town clerk, three constables and seats on the Common Council and Zoning Board.

See also

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