Norwalk Public Schools elections (2013)

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2013 Norwalk 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
Norwalk Public Schools
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Four seats on the Norwalk Board of Education were up for election on November 5, 2013. Ten candidates sought election to the board, including four Democrats, four Republicans and two Norwalk Community Values Party candidates. Heidi Keyes, Artie Kassimis, Shirley Mosby and Sherelle Harris defeated eight challengers to win four at-large seats.

About the district

See also: Norwalk Public Schools, Connecticut
Norwalk Public Schools is located in Fairfield County, Connecticut
Norwalk Public Schools is located in Fairfield County in southwestern Connecticut. The City of Norwalk is located along the Long Island Sound with the Norwalk River running past the city's downtown district. The population of Norwalk was 85,603 according to the 2010 Census.[1]


Norwalk outperforms the rest of Connecticut based on median income, poverty levels and higher education achievement. The 2010 U.S. Census found the median income in Norwalk was $76,384 while the state median income was $69,243. The city's poverty rate was 8% compared to the state's 9.5% poverty rate. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (40.2%) was higher than the state average (35.7%).[1]

Racial Demographics, 2010[1]
Race Norwalk (%) Connecticut (%)
White 87.7 77.6
Black or African American 14.2 10.1
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4 0.3
Asian 4.8 3.8
Two or More Races 2.8 2.6
Hispanic or Latino 24.3 13.4

Presidential Voting Pattern[2]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 63 36
2008 65.5 33.8
2004 58.2 40
2000 59.9 35.8

Note: Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" percentage, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off. Read more about race and ethnicity in the Census here.[3]

Method of board member selection

The Norwalk Board of Education consists of nine members who are elected at-large for four-year terms. The Democratic and Republican Party Town Committees in Norwalk endorsed candidates in July and August 2013 for the board elections. Four seats were up for election in 2013, and five 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] On November 5, 2013, voters were able to choose any three candidates on the ballot regardless of party. The four candidates who received the most votes won election to the board.




The candidates on the November 5, 2013 ballot were:

Democratic Party Sherelle Harris

  • Assistant director, Norwalk Public Library System

Democratic PartyIndependent Heidi Keyes

  • Incumbent
  • Graduate, Norwalk Community College
  • Owner, Creative Kids of Silvermine

Democratic PartyIndependent Shirley Mosby

  • Graduate, Albertus Magnus College

Democratic Party Haroldo Williams
Republican Party John G. Bazzano

  • Senior client executive, JP Morgan

Republican Party Sue Haynie

  • Incumbent
  • Graduate, Parsons School of Design and Charter Oak State College

Republican Party Artie Kassimis

  • Incumbent
  • Pastor, World Alive Bible Church

Republican Party Lauren Rosato

  • Graduate, University of Connecticut
  • Consultant, Global Smile Foundation

Independent Steve Colarossi

  • Incumbent
  • Graduate, Harvard College and University of Virginia
  • Attorney

Independent Andres Roman

  • Graduate, Southern Connecticut State University
  • Adult probation officer, CSSD
  • Veteran, U.S. Army National Guard

Election results

Norwalk Public Schools, General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngHeidi Keyes Incumbent 12.2% 6,985
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngArtie Kassimis Incumbent 12.1% 6,917
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngShirley Mosby 11.8% 6,734
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSherelle Harris 11.5% 6,574
     Republican Sue Haynie Incumbent 11.4% 6,500
     Democratic Haroldo Williams 10.9% 6,234
     Republican John Bazzano 10.7% 6,130
     Republican Lauren Rosato 10.7% 6,109
     Norwalk Community Values Steve Colarossi Incumbent 3.6% 2,073
     Norwalk Community Values Andres Roman 3.1% 1,795
     Working Families Shirley Mosby 1.1% 610
     Working Families Heidi Keyes 0.9% 532
Total Votes 57,193
Source: Connecticut Secretary of State, "Municipal Elections - November 5, 2013," accessed December 17, 2013

Campaign finance

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

What was at stake?

Four seats were at stake. Incumbents Steve Colarossi, Sue Haynie, Artie Kassimis and Heidi Keyes were on the ballot. Of the incumbents, only Democratic candidate Keyes and Republican candidate Kassimis won re-election to the board. The ballot featured a total of ten candidates, including four candidates each from the local Democratic and Republican Town Committees and a pair of candidates from the Norwalk Community Values Party. The Working Families Party endorsed Democratic candidates Heidi Keyes and Shirley Mosby for the November 5 election. Neither of the Norwalk Community Values Party candidates, Steve Colarossi nor Andres Roman, won election to the board.[5]


Tensions on the board

Sue Haynie, who did not win re-election on November 5, 2013, had been involved in several tense discussions over district policies since January 2013. She engaged in a heated debate with board member Steve Colarossi, also not re-elected on November 5, 2013, over a request to read comments into board minutes in March 2013. Haynie's request was challenged by Colarossi on the grounds that board policy treats minutes as a summary of events rather than a detailed record of each meeting. In January 2013, the Norwalk Federation of Teachers criticized Haynie as an advocate for the district's inclusion in a state teacher evaluation pilot. The criticism cited the delayed roll-out of the evaluation system as an indicator of the pilot's failings. In an interview with The Hour, Haynie noted that she asks tough questions and is willing to try new approaches to improve student achievement.[6]

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Norwalk 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 Norwalk Board of Education elections shared the ballot with other local elections. Residents of Norwalk cast ballots for mayor, city sheriff and seats on the city council on November 5, 2013.

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