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.