Mamie Till Mobley

"There was an important mission for me, to shape so many...young minds as a teacher. God took away one child but...(gave) me thousands. And I have been grateful for the blessing." Mamie Till Mobley

Friday, November 11, 2011

Christopher Jacobs at-large school board member to step down soon if wins erie county clerk race

He was one of former Superintendent of Schools Dr. James Williams most fervent supporters responsible for ensuring his long embattled tenure with the Buffalo Schools.
Yet at-large school board member Christopher Jacobs, a candidate for the Erie County Clerk office is in a heated battle  with former Majority Leader of the Erie County Legislature Maria Whyte for the highly coveted seat vacant since Kathy Hochul  elected to Congress in a special election in May this year.
Governor Andrew Cuomo could have appointed Maria Whyte the Democratic contender for the vacant seat but media pundits speculate the Jacobs family contributed large sums of money to the coffers of Cuomo in his bid for governor reason why he didn't appoint a Democrat to help Jacobs a Republican win the race.
But Chris Jacobs leads the race by nearly 4000 votes and it would be difficult for Whyte to overcome this lead. And she has not conceded the vote her campaign lacking the financial advantage of  Jacobs, a millionaire.
There are still over 8,000 absentee and military ballots to open yet in this race that will determine the winner.
Republican Elections Commissioner, Ralph Mohr says "mathematically it's possible but what we have seen traditionally is the absentees as well as the provisional ballots follow along the similar path as votes in the general election."
The Buffalo School Board will have to appoint an at-large candidate if Jacobs steps down.

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