Danbury Public Schools elections (2013)
Method of election
What was at stake?
Danbury Public Schools
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 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%.
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.
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. The composition of the board heading into the November 2013 election was six Republicans and five Democrats. 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:
- Graduate, City College of New York
- Chief financial officer, Gym Source
- Director, Irish Cultural Center
- Owner, Falcon Valley Realty
- Veteran, U.S. Navy
|Danbury Public Schools, General Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|Republican||Eileen Alberts Incumbent||15.8%||6,834|
|Democratic||Kathleen Molinaro Incumbent||12.9%||5,593|
|Republican||Gary Falkenthal Incumbent||11.7%||5,061|
|Democratic||Richard Jannelli Incumbent||11.2%||4,851|
|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.
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.
The following dates were key deadlines for the Danbury Board of Education election in 2013:
|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.
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- List of school board elections in 2013
- Danbury Public Schools, Connecticut
- Fairfield County, Connecticut ballot measures
- District page
- City of Danbury
- Connecticut Secretary of State
- Danbury Democratic Town Committee
- Danbury Republican Town Committee
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Danbury," accessed January 14, 2014
- Connecticut Secretary of State, "Election Results," accessed October 14, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- Connecticut General Assembly, "Minority Representation Requirements," accessed October 7, 2013
- Danbury Public Schools, "Board of Education," accessed October 14, 2013
- Danbury Daily Voice, "Danbury School Board Candidates To Field Questions At Community Forum," October 14, 2013
- Connecticut Office of Government Accountability, "November Municipal Candidate Committees Calendar," accessed October 14, 2013