Margaret A. O'Brien
|Waterbury Board of Education, At-large|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|Bachelor's||American InterContinental University|
|Associate's||Mattatuck Community College|
|Master's||American InterContinental University|
O'Brien earned an Associate's degree in Business Administration from Mattatuck Community College in 1979. She later earned a B.S. in Upper Management and a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from American InterContinental University. O'Brien has been a consultant and president of Sillari Advocacy for Connecticut's Special Needs Children since 1996. She has been a classroom volunteer as well as the president of the Woodrow Wilson PTO.
O'Brien lost election to the board as an independent against nine other candidates on November 5, 2013. She ran as part of an Independent Party ticket including James K. Russell and Kimberly A. Sidoti referred to the Row C coalition due to the slate's placement on the ballot.
|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|
Margaret A. O'Brien 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%).
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