Local analyst weighs in on BPS election

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Ten candidates remain in the running for the Buffalo School Board and only six seats are open to fill.

Collen Russell and Board President, James Sampson are booted off the ballot. There’s a push from high power officials and the teacher’s union to break up the board’s 5- 4 majority.

“The majority that was elected a few years ago, was a reform majority that really challenged a lot of the assumptions and past practices of the previous majority and when ever you do that you’re going to anger folks who are on the other side who controlled the board for decades,” said Carl Calabrese, Political Analyst.

In the boards current majority, two are not up for reelection and one is knocked off the ballot which means all eyhes remain on incumbent’s Jason McCarthy and Carl Paladino, who started the reform.

“Carl Paldino was really the driving force between the whole reform movement. He’s been very very influential in defining the nature of the debate, the tone of the debate and the direction of the debate,” said Calabrese.

This year’s race has proven to be more aggressive than in the past and we’re seeing more politicking than ever before.

“You’re now seeing a technique that was never applied before at the school board level and that’s challenging petitions. That’s usually done when you’re running for a big town, county or state office. That could be the difference between the current majority continuing control or losing control,” said Calabrese.

Losing or keeping the majority will be the main focus ahead of Tuesday’s election.

“To keep the one extra seat for the existing majority is issue number one, cause number one and to get that seat back for the other side, is equally important,” said Calabrese.

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