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|Waterbury Board of Education, At-large|
|Years in position||3|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|Profession||Assistant deputy commissioner|
Rodriguez has worked as an outreach coordinator for Representative Nancy Johnson as well as a undercover operative for the Connecticut Liquor Control Division. He currently serves as an assistant to the Deputy Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Children and Families. Rodriguez also wrote a children's book titled Dad, Me and Muhammad Ali. He and his wife, Jennifer, have two children.
Rodriguez won a first full term on the board as a Democratic candidate against nine other candidates on November 5, 2013. He ran as part of a Democratic slate including incumbent Karen E. Harvey and challenger Juanita Hernandez.
|Waterbury Public Schools, General Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|Democratic||Karen E. Harvey Incumbent||17.5%||5,883|
|Democratic||Felix Rodriguez Incumbent||16%||5,361|
|Republican||Charles L. Stango Incumbent||12.1%||4,083|
|Republican||Thomas 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|
|Source: Connecticut Secretary of State, "Municipal Elections - November 5, 2013," accessed December 16, 2013|
Felix Rodriguez has not reported any contributions or expenditures to the Connecticut State Elections Enforcement Commission.
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 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%).
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.
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- Waterbury Observer, "Into the Fray," September 21, 2012
- Hartford Business Journal, "Alumni Profile," accessed October 14, 2013
- AuthorsDen.com, "Felix M. Rodriguez," accessed October 14, 2013
- City of Waterbury, "United States Census Data," accessed October 8, 2013
- Connecticut Secretary of State, "Election Results," accessed October 8, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014