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Buffalo School Board candidate arrested

Buffalo School Board candidate Gizelle Stokes was arrested Tuesday morning by Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority police after they found an outstanding warrant for her, as well as a small amount of marijuana in her car.

NFTA spokesman C. Douglas Hartmayer said the school social worker was traveling north on Michigan Avenue around 9:51 a.m. when she ran a stop sign at Glenwood Avenue. When police pulled her over, they found an outstanding warrant for her on harassment charges.

The NFTA police also searched her vehicle and allegedly found a small packet of marijuana, Hartmayer said.

Stokes, 31, was arrested and processed at the Erie County Holding Center. She was charged with a traffic violation, as well as the outstanding harassment charge, marijuana possession and obstruction of justice, Hartmayer said.

Stokes is one of 12 candidates running for three at-large seats on the Buffalo School Board in the May 6 election. She is a Bennett High School alum and a founding social worker and school counselor at Buffalo’s King Center Charter School.

Her father, George, married Assemblywoman Crystal People-Stokes, D-Buffalo, in 2010.

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