Republicans Sweep in Canton Middle School’s Mock Election

Referendum questions: Track passes but roofs rejected.

Republicans made a clean sweep during an "election" held at Canton Middle School. 

Not surprisingly the strongest winners were Republican state representative and state senate candidates Tim LeGeyt and Kevin Witkos, both of whom have strong connections to the school system. 

The students also voted in favor of the town bonding for a track, field and parking lot improvement project but rejected partial replacement of roofs at all three schools and the community center.

Social Studies teacher Joe Casorio spearheaded the mock election and said students have discussed the subject since school started in the fall. 

"It's our responsibility to let the kids know what's going on and give them the opportunity to create some conversation at home," he said. 

Casorio said the votes would likely mirror the town's. 

"I think that's the way Canton will vote," he said.

Even if that's the case, the lessons will not be over and classes will talk about the way Canton voted in contrast to other parts of the country, he said. 

Here are the Middle school results from approximately 240 students: 

For President:
Barack Obama — 47%  
Mitt Romney — 53%

For US Senate:
Chris Murphy 45.5%  
Linda McMahon 54.5%

For 5th Congressional district:
Andrew Roraback — 59%
Elisabeth Esty — 41%

For CT 8th District Senate:
Dan Seger  17%       
Kevin Witkos —  83%

For CT 17th District House:  
Tim LeGeyt — 84%
David Pena  — 16%

Repair the school roofs:  
Yes — 38%      
No — 62%

Track, field, parking lot project:
Yes — 79%  
No — 21%


Betty November 05, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Does your daughter have Social Studies teacher Joe Casorio? He "spearheaded the mock election and said students have discussed the subject since school started in the fall." "It's our responsibility to let the kids know what's going on and give them the opportunity to create some conversation at home," he said. Casorio said the votes would likely mirror the town's. "I think that's the way Canton will vote," he said. Social Studies teachers did this when I attended the Canton schools back when the roofs were new. RE: Mold. The point I was trying to make was if voters choose not to repair the roofs reality is that further damage may occur, including mold. Mold issues could add cost and be unhealthy to people using the buildings, especially younger people.
Betty November 05, 2012 at 03:48 PM
Educational publisher previously marketed a Consumer Math text book for the 7, 8, or 9 grade market it was intended for student that were not college bound, to prepare them for the real world and life. All students need to be prepared for the real world and life. I was college bound when I graduated from Canton High and was not given much real world consumer math, hopefully things have changed. Simsbury High has an excellent Economic Development class for college bound students. I am sorry if my comments came off as disturbing. I hope that Canton votes to repair the roofs. We have delayed maintaining in the past and the point I was trying to make is that we need to repair what we have, if we don't we need expect more expense and bigger problems. It was not my intent to be critical of the children. I was surprise that with issues being discussed all fall only 38% voted to fix the roofs.
Jen Charron November 05, 2012 at 06:22 PM
My daughter is in 8th grade and has Mr. Casorio. She has been talking about it since the very first day of school and has asked us educated questions about our views and it has sparked some great conversations about the importance of educating yourself in order to make an informed decision. However, I totally agree you are reading way too much into this. They are still children and of course are going to pay more attention to the athletic fields and entrance to their school. They are KIDS. I don't believe that it is an overall indication that the roofs will not pass tomorrow and I truly hope that they do as well as roads in the near future. Andrew, you are angry - you never have anything positive to say and that's just too bad. There are good parents raising good children in a good school system in this town. I find what you said insulting. P.S. I also really like the idea of Consumer Math for the high school!
Andrew Ziemba November 05, 2012 at 06:58 PM
What's positive about robbing Peter to pay Paul and his children? YOU are the negative one Jen. I am negative because I don't want to give you money? There certainly are good parents, and I do not blame them for having their children in public education, or wanting government hand outs at the expense of others. I do blame, and oppose those parents who insist that this tyrannical system should continue... but using it while it is still the way of the land, that's just human.
Chris November 06, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Andrew, you can always move to a country where they believe in your zero government philosophy. Our system is completely and totally flawed but to generalize that everything is wrong and every parent wants a hand out shows everyone reading your dribble that the one with the lack of intelligence is the guy you look at in the mirror. Better yet, find an island and start your own country with your own set of rules. Good Luck!!
Anonymous November 06, 2012 at 09:33 PM
Hi, I am a student at the middle school and just want to say that NEVER has any successful civilization existed without some form of taxation. So a land of no taxes is a fairytale. Andrew, you really should think about the reason we have taxes before you go to an extreme. We have the ability to educate our children, defend our nation, and let EVERY person in the United States have a healthcare plan. The basic movement behind taxes is to sustain a nation, A nation where everyone is given equal opportunities by the federal government. Now I agree with Andrew and Betty in that more than ever we need a larger government to prosper, and , excuse the generic term but it fits, we need to educate the children of our future. In this field we are getting worse, so we need to SET STANDARDS in education, and rise to higher heights. We need to get our youth motivated and express aspiration. And hopefully, kids will start aspiring on their own. America needs strong leadership to rise and prosper, with every person paying their class of taxes, and every person given equal opportunities as long as they desire it.
Andrew Ziemba November 06, 2012 at 09:57 PM
I'm so glad that you took the time to post your opinion about this issue! It is absolutely critical to the future of our country that young people begin to educate themselves, the younger the better. The reason I say this is because you most likely won't learn anything in school about history, government, or economics. You will have to unlearn almost all of it if you want to be an informed individual. If you are interested, as you should be, then I would strongly encourage you to watch this video which is very easy to follow and extremely educational. I know you will enjoy it, even if you disagree with it at first. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGk5ioEXlIM After enjoying that movie, I strongly encourage you to watch this movie if you are mature enough. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Z9WVZddH9w
Lauren November 06, 2012 at 11:20 PM
Hi Andrew, I am a seventh grade student at Canton Middle School, and I just wanted to say that you have no idea what you're talking about. This is a mock election, not a real one, and we are kids. If you were 12 or 13 would you rather have a better roof or a track? And by the way, Mr. Casorio is my Social Studies teacher and he's great. He talks about Republican, Democrat, Independent, and Libertarian parties, and he read us these comments. Apparently you were his student, too, a couple years ago. I don't understand why you're being so mean to these kids. Betty came around, but not you. RELAX! It's a fake election; it's not a real one! And by the way, we aren't "raised to be spoiled".
Liza November 07, 2012 at 12:11 AM
Andrew and Betty- I have Mr. Casorio for my social studies teacher and he is awesome! You should calm down a bit because it's not like it is a real election! We are 11-13! If you were back in middle school, you wouldn't care about roofs! We want a track because we are kids. The track will help us! You shouldn't call us "spolied" because this election has nothing to do with that! Also, Mr. Casorio said it can mirror our parents vote becasue our parents will listen to what we are saying. I find it immature for you to continue on with this debate. Thanks.
Jennifer (Barri) Almeida November 07, 2012 at 12:29 AM
Dear Students, I am so proud that each of you has chosen to speak up for what YOU believe in. I absolutely love your comments! I think it's awesome you are having this discussion in your classroom....It sounds like you have a special teacher! Keep up the great work!!!!
Andrew Ziemba November 07, 2012 at 12:55 AM
From my experiences, Mr Casorio was a fun teacher who was always pleasant. His classes were relatively enjoyable, and he was always friendly, polite, and attentive to students. That being said, his curriculum is not up to him. Teachers can deviate somewhat from the curriculum but only to a point. My point when speaking poorly of public education is the system itself, not the teachers. You can say I am make sweeping, radical statements, but you can not say they are false. Everything I have said is true even if it may make some people uncomfortable to read or listen to. However, for those who seek the truth, ask tough questions, and demand legitimate answers, there is nothing unreasonable about the issues I have raised, or the opinions I have presented. I hope you are all learning about the electoral college, and more importantly that we are a REPUBLIC. I hope you are enjoying your classes with him, but more importantly I hope you are learning something that you will find useful when you are out of school.
Andrew Ziemba November 07, 2012 at 01:09 AM
hmmmm... that's interesting, move to my own little island? That's funny, I am only advocating for returning to the policies that this nation had during its peak as a global super power, while being the richest, most powerful, best educated, best cared for, and overall most prosperous country in the history of the world. Appallingly, this is now viewed as radical. Clearly you did not even read my above post. I very specifically said that I do not blame those who take hand outs so long as they are paying into the system and being forced to do so. I oppose those parents who believe the system should continue the way it is, where everyone else should have to pay for their children. I can't understand how you could possibly think I am saying all parents want hand outs. Then again, I can't understand why you oppose all of the policies that were in place when America was a super power who was the most free, most powerful, and most prosperous. Perhaps it is because you hate America, isn't it? You collectivist little fascist you.
brennan November 07, 2012 at 01:49 AM
Andrew and Betty as a middle school student my self i think you just let us be ourselves and not comment stupid comments on how we are ignorant because we are children get out from behind your computer and stop critisizing children for their political views.
brennan November 07, 2012 at 01:54 AM
Andrew and Betty as a middle school student my self i think you just let us be ourselves and not comment stupid comments on how we are ignorant because we are children get out from behind your computer and stop critisizing children for their political views
Andrew Ziemba November 07, 2012 at 02:09 AM
Hey, thanks for stopping by! I'm so happy to see youth members of society share their opinions. I would prefer to be met with questions as to why I have beliefs that I do, or why i think they are superior to other beliefs. That is generally how a discussion should go. You can call me absurdly condescending or naive, but your points are invalid, and hold no water if you don't even rebut any of the positions that I addressed. You are more than welcome to add to a discussion at your age, but you should add something to the conversation if you do. If you read what I wrote, you'll notice that my only criticism of the mock election was that I was surprised that there was not one single vote for any 3rd party candidate. I would expect there to be at least one rebel in the crowd, but as I said, I presumed that you could only pick Obama or Romney. That was my presumption however, I never declared it as fact.
Betty November 07, 2012 at 12:39 PM
Lisa, Please tell me when I called you "spoiled"? From the above article: Social Studies teacher Joe Casorio spearheaded the mock election and said students have discussed the subject since school started in the fall. "It's our responsibility to let the kids know what's going on and give them the opportunity to create some conversation at home," he said. Casorio said the votes would likely mirror the town's. "I think that's the way Canton will vote," he said. I said: I am surprised the kids did not see the need to repair their own school
Betty November 07, 2012 at 12:47 PM
Brennan, What did I say that you feel is a stupid comment? Where and how did I call you ignorant? What did I say that you felt I was critical of your political views?
Betty November 07, 2012 at 12:59 PM
mmc, The readers of Patch have this wonderful opportunity to discuss different topics and give their opinions. You are right everyone has a different opinion and we are lucky that we are able to share our thoughts.
John Fitts (Editor) November 07, 2012 at 01:10 PM
Yes thank you everyone for the comments. I did delete one that made a mildly crude reference. Please keep the conversation respectful and refrain from foul language or personal attacks. Thank you.
Betty November 07, 2012 at 01:33 PM
Lauren, Part 1 Mr. Casorio sounds like a great teacher. We had many mock elections when I attended Canton schools. I was not surprised classes voted for the track I was surprised you voted against the roofs, and I was concerned people would not vote for the roofs. I would like to see many wonderful things happen in Canton a library like Avon, a year round pool, a digital lab like Farmington High School, all 19 fields the town needs, a dog park, and many many more. I am not against children or sports, I made a substantial donation to help bring football back to Canton. However looking at the millions of dollars of repairs we need in Canton I felt it was putting to heavy a burden on the taxpayers to go forward with the track and field this year and I was afraid needed repair would not be made.
Betty November 07, 2012 at 01:35 PM
Lauren, Part 2 This might help to put my thoughts in perspective, we have been trying build a new town garage for 23 or 25 years (I have heard both numbers), roughly twice your life time and half of mine. I feel it is very important to make the repairs Canton needs. Some of those repairs have become much more costly to make, delaying them made for more work and much more expense, we especially don't want people to get sick or hurt by not making repairs. We don't want to loose books in our library to water damage, especially the rare, historic, one of a kind books. I hope this helps everyone to see my point of view, not agree with it. I think a track and multipurpose field is great, I just hope we can pay for everything we need.
Joe Sikorski November 07, 2012 at 11:45 PM
Now to everyone who has put very thoughtful insight on this one particular blog- I thank you. I agree with lots of Andrew and Lauren's points that this is a place for constructive conversation- Although sometimes things can get out of hand. I am also a student in Mr. Casorio's class in Canton Middle School, and we have been taught well to blog in current events in our city, albeit our country. Though, we must learn the line between constructive conversation and a political flame war. The mock election held in our school was a fantastic experience that all students were interested in partaking in. There is something that saddens me, though, as it has to many others. Most middle schoolers and high schoolers voted "No" to replace the roofs of municipal town buildings, such as the school. Before we look to extra-curricular activity such as a track for our school, I would primarily focus on the roofs above our heads. If the situation as severe as it is made out to be in this blog, then we should definitely focus our attention on the replacement and re-structure of public buildings that are used by hundreds of people daily, such as students. People must also realize, though, that us students may not always have the fully developed decision making skills that adults may have, and we care heavily about our track team- totally understandable, which is why we should not be involved in some attacks regarding our decision to allot money for the track. Thank you all for your insight.
Joe Sikorski November 07, 2012 at 11:47 PM
I would also like to add that us Middle school students were carefully instructed by Mr. Casorio to not get involved with the past "Flame war" that has been going on in this blog. It's great to see my fellow students blogging on important current events in this town, but we sometimes should not linger in adult's blog posts, as this can lead to some pretty awkward situations when you can't state your opinion to a teenager without them taking it the wrong way. Being one myself, I know this firsthand.
Mr. Cheese November 08, 2012 at 01:14 AM
I'm a 7th Grade student and you can't blame me or any middle school students for our views or philosophy's Mr. Ziemba. if you get this, please take this comment into consideration that some kids may not understand the views of the libertarian party.
Joe Sikorski November 08, 2012 at 01:16 AM
Anonymous: Mr. Ziemba is not blaming anyone. He is clearly stating his views and nothing more than that- if he said anything that you took critically to your beliefs/political views, just say so.
Betty November 08, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Joe Sikorski, I am sure most people expected the students to vote for the track and field because it is an issue that is very close to them. I did, and fully understood why. You are an incredibly bright, well spoken young adult, and you have a great vocabulary. You should not be sad that the middle schoolers and high schoolers voted "No" to replace the roofs of municipal town buildings, such as the school. It resulted in both students and voters learning more about the repairs that need to be made in Canton before the election. Think of it as another good thing that came from The Canton Middle School’s Mock Election. Good luck in school! There will be another referendum for the roads and the town garage next spring or summer. Your class might look at it as an opportunity to learn more about the repairs are needed in Canton.
Mr. Cheese November 08, 2012 at 08:45 PM
Excuse me Joe, I acknowledge your comment but Mr Ziemba seems to be the smallest bit rude but I'm just trying to keep things In order
Mr. Cheese November 09, 2012 at 11:07 PM
I apologize for everything I said to everyone and Mr. Ziemba and for now on I'll try to be more supportive to these community articles. I thank the canton patch because this is a great way to learn about our wonderful community that we have in our palm of our hands
Andrew Ziemba November 09, 2012 at 11:31 PM
Hey, thanks for stopping by. I'm so glad you mentioned that you did not understand the views of the Libertarian party. Here's an brief, excellent video that sums it up in less than 2 minutes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PgTnjTm3YhQ&feature=relmfu Remember, don't let your schooling interfere with your education!
Andrew Ziemba November 09, 2012 at 11:35 PM
I was so pleased to see middle school students commenting because they were at least engaged in the discussion. I believe this helps them to ask questions and learn for themselves about the opinions presented. I think this helps them grow, and I just hope that it can help even just one young American open their minds and self educate. The internet is a great place. Lew Rockwell has an excellent website at http://www.lewrockwell.com/ It is an excellent source for learning particularly American history. Thanks for commenting!


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