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

Thursday, March 7, 2013

School board elections update

The Buffalo School Board election is in May. 
New for voters this year was the redistricting of the School Board. So, it's important for voters to be aware of this change to know  their  district and where to vote.
Here is a proposed map. It appears all the incumbents are running except in the Park District.
And the nomination petition drive is underway now.
As of the last week in February aspiring  candidates had the chance to pick up the nominating petition forms at the Erie County Board of Elections or the Buffalo School Board.
Six district seats will be up for grabs this year. And with ex gubernatorial candidate and local developer Carl Paladino announcing he is running for the Park District seat, the School Board race will be a lively one drawing more voters to the polls. The recent media hype about  a security officer  escorting  Paladino out of the last School Board meeting  and later attacking the leadership of Buffalo Teachers Federation President  Phil Rumore  makes what would have been a mundane School Board elections a politically heated one as well.
Here is a letter Paladino sent Rumore on March 6, published in the Buffalo News. And a War of words between the two men on WBFO88.7 Park District Rep. Lou Petruccie,the incumbent, is not seeking a third term. 
West District Rep. Ralph Hernandez recently had a fundraiser so he is seeking a 4th term. 
Other incumbents are: Mary Ruth Kapsiak, Central District, Sharon Belton Cottman,  Ferry District, Rosalyn L. Taylor, East District, and Jason M. McCarthy, North District.
And John Henry Grant announced his candidacy for the Central District through a Facebook page he opened on March 6.
Here is a YouTube video about Grant.
John Henry Grant on Urban Legacy TV - YouTube

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