Margaret A. O'Brien

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Margaret O'Brien
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Former candidate for
Waterbury Board of Education, At-large
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Associate'sMattatuck Community College
Bachelor'sAmerican InterContinental University
Master'sAmerican InterContinental University
Margaret A. O'Brien was a candidate for an at-large seat on the Waterbury Board of Education. She lost election to the board as an Independent Party candidate against nine other candidates on November 5, 2013.


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.[1][2]



See also: Waterbury Public Schools elections (2013)

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
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


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 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.[3]


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%).[3]

Racial Demographics, 2010[3]
Race Waterbury (%) Connecticut (%)
White 58.8 77.6
Black or African American 20.1 10.1
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.6 0.3
Asian 1.8 3.8
Two or More Races 4.6 2.6
Hispanic or Latino 31.2 13.4

Presidential Voting Pattern[4]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 64.9 34.3
2008 62.9 35.7
2004 49.2 48.7
2000 56.1 38.5

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