Who’s running for the School Board

Please click here for a map of the districts. This election, all 9 seats–6 district seats and 3 at-large seats–are on the ballot. The election is held on May 7th.

Buffalo News Voters Guide

Education Trust Interviews 

Buffalo News Endorsements 

The Challenger Why are you running? 

The following candidates will be on the ballot Tuesday.

West District

Jennifer Mecozzi (incumbent), Facebook.

Ferry District 

Sharon Belton-Cottman (incumbent)

East District

Patricia Elliott-Patton, Facebook 

Kathy Evans Brown, Facebook

North District

Hope Jay (incumbent), Website, Facebook,

Park District

Lou Petrucci (incumbent)

Austin Harig

Central District  

Paulette Woods (incumbent), Facebook

At Large (3)

Larry Scott. Website  Facebook

Jeffrey M. Conrad, Facebook

Desmond Nalls, Facebook

Tim Hartigan, Facebook 

Ann Rivera, Facebook

Jack Kavanaugh. WebsiteFacebook

Terrance Heard

Carolette Meadows, Facebook

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Who’s running (so far)

Please click here for a map of the districts. This election, all 9 seats–6 district seats and 3 at-large seats–are on the ballot.

Most candidates are currently collecting signatures to be on the ballot. District seats require 500 signatures; at-large seats require 1,000. All petitions are due to the Erie County Board of Elections by April 9th. The election is held on May 7th.

The following candidates have announced candidacies. (NOTE: until petitions are filed, these candidates are NOT officially on the ballot).

West District

Jennifer Mecozzi (incumbent), Facebook

Ferry District

Sharon Belton-Cottman (incumbent)

East District

Patricia Elliott, Facebook 

North District

Hope Jay (incumbent), Website, Facebook,

Park District

Lou Petrucci (incumbent)

Central District  

Paulette Woods (incumbent), Facebook

At Large (3)

Larry Scott. Website  Facebook

Jeffrey M. Conrad, Facebook

Desmond Nalls, Facebook

Tim Hartigan

Ann Rivera, Facebook

Jack Kavanaugh. WebsiteFacebook

Terrance Heard

May 7th!

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We are once again gearing up for elections for the Buffalo Board of Education–the elected body that oversees the nearly one billion dollar Buffalo Public School budget, along with the 34,000 students who attend. This year is a unique one, with all 9 seats up for election, a slew of new candidates entering the race, and multiple key members choosing to not run again.

This website is designed to keep up with the election and spread word about candidates, forums, and the latest news.

Congrats to the winners!

It was a big night for the Buffalo School Board. Congratulations to new Board members:

Hope Jay (North District), Jen Mecozzi (West) and Paulette Woods (Central)

and to returning members Theresa Harris-Tigg, Sharon Belton-Cottman and Carl Paladino.

Local News Coverage of the election:

Buffalo News and here, WBFO, WGRZ,  WIBV.

And thanks to everyone who voted–all 13,119 (the unofficial Board of Elections count) of you!

Candidate Profiles

The Buffalo News has started to profile candidates for the School Board elections. For a map of the districts, click here.  For info on all the candidates, click here

Central District:

Paulette Woods   Buffalo News Profile

Bryon McIntyre   Buffalo News Profile 

East: 

Colleen Russell  Buffalo News Profile 

Theresa Harris-Tigg  Buffalo News Profile 

Patricia Elliott  Buffalo News Profile 

North

Hope Jay  Buffalo News Profile 

Jay McCarthy  Buffalo News Profile 

West

Jim Sampson  Buffalo News Profile

Jen Mecozzi   Buffalo News Profile 

Park (South)

Carl Paladino   Buffalo News Profile

Austin Harig    Buffalo News Profile 

 

Shake up in the race

The Buffalo News reported this week that challenges were filed to the petition submissions of several candidates, and the ruling on these have upended the multiple races. The biggest news is that Board President Jim Sampson was knocked off the ballot. Additionally, Patricia Elliott, running in the east district, was also knocked off. Both has the right to appeal.

First Forum of the Year

School Board Candidates Face Off in Public Forum
Candidates for the Buffalo Board of Education’s six district seats will debate the issues and answer questions from journalists and residents in a public forum from 7 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, in the Burchfield Penney Art Center, 1300 Elmwood Ave.

In advance of what could be a pivotal election that determines control of the board and the direction of city schools, candidates will answer questions posed by journalists, submitted by audience members and submitted via the Internet at www.facebook.com/babjbuffalo.

Candidates in the Central and East districts will face off at 7 p.m.; candidates in the Ferry and North districts will debate at 8 p.m.; and those running in the Park and West districts will debate at 9 p.m.

The forum also will be recorded for broadcast on public access TV in advance of the May 3 election.

The free event is sponsored by the Buffalo Association of Black Journalists, the Burchfield Penney Art Center and the SUNY Buffalo State Communications Department.

The 2016 Buffalo School Board Elections

Two years ago, Buffalo residents elected School Board members for its 3 at-large seats. This year, the 6 six district seats–representing specific areas within the city of Buffalo–are up for grabs. While the elections two years ago seemed to attract much more early media attention, there is no doubt that these elections will have a major impact on the future of the Buffalo Schools.

This website is an attempt to be an objective source of news and information for residents as they decide who to vote for.