Thirteen candidates are slated to appear on the ballot for the May 6 Buffalo Board of Education race after elections officials ruled Tuesday that Daniel Reynolds did not have enough valid signatures on his nominating petitions.
The Board of Elections had already knocked parent advocate and retired firefighter Bryon McIntyre off the ballot Monday for the same reason.
Challenges had been filed against five of the original 15 candidates. But after hearings Tuesday, Elections Commissioner Ralph Mohr said former mayoral candidate Sergio Rodriguez and former School Board member Ralph Hernandez had qualified for the ballot. That followed Monday night’s ruling that Stephen Buccilli also had qualified.
Mohr said Reynolds, a beatbox performer and Chinese language interpreter for the International Institute of Buffalo, was initially found to be ineligible Monday, but elections commissioners gave him extra time to try to restore many of the 90 signatures ruled invalid.
Mohr said Reynolds was unable to do so and did not show up for his scheduled hearing Tuesday morning.
McIntyre, meanwhile, said he intends to go to court to get the decision overturned.
But Mohr said Tuesday that McIntyre could find himself “in some legal trouble” if he proceeds, since the Board of Elections found he had included signatures from “numerous dead people.” The board also determined that four pages of signatures were forged.
McIntyre called Mohr’s remarks intimidation tactics and maintains that he will take further legal action. He added that he collected most of the signatures on his petition personally and that any improper signatures were gathered by one of the people helping him.
In a Buffalo News review of his petitions, it appears that four pages of names and addresses were written in similar penmanship. It also appears that McIntyre did not personally carry those petition pages.
Hernandez, who submitted more than 2,000 signatures and needed 1,000 to qualify, was found to have a valid petition by a mere 44 signatures.
General objections were filed to Rodriguez’s petitions, but those seeking to knock him out of the race failed to follow up, so he remains on the ballot.
In addition to Rodriguez, Hernandez and Buccilli, current board candidates include Samuel Davis, Adrian Harris, John Licata, Wendy Mistretta, Barbara Seals Nevergold, Patricia Pierce, Larry Quinn, Gizelle Stokes, Bernard Tolbert and Stephon Wright.
For more School Board elections coverage, visit our election Web page, www.buffalonews.com/BPS News Staff Reporter Tiffany Lankes contributed to this report. email: firstname.lastname@example.org