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Buffalo Teachers Federation overwhelmingly elects Rumore to another 2-year term

Philip Rumore will serve another two-year term as the head of the Buffalo Teachers Federation.

In elections Saturday, Rumore won handily against his opponents, Patrick Foster, a teacher for 17 years, and Marc Bruno, a Riverside High School teacher who regularly speaks at School Board meetings. The vote was 707 for Rumore, 344 for Foster and 299 for Bruno.

The election marked a rare occasion when Rumore faced two challengers for the job he has held for the past 34 years, making him the most consistent player on Buffalo’s education scene.

During that time, he has secured – and protected – a strong contract that gives teachers annual raises and lucrative benefits, but many teachers have become increasingly frustrated with the climate of the school district.

But on Saturday evening, Rumore was looking ahead.

“The election is over. Now I look forward to working with both Marc and his supporters and Patrick and his supporters. We’ve got a lot on our plate. ... Elections are over. Let’s move on,” said Rumore, who is 72.

The voting took place via mail in the first two weeks of May. The BTF mailed individual teachers ballots, which were placed in two unmarked envelopes and returned via mail to a post office box.

This year’s election also raised concerns about the process the union uses to cast, collect and tally ballots, with some asserting that Rumore had an unfair advantage.

In response to the criticism that people observing the vote counting could not see or hear the tallying of ballots, the union opted to move the process into a larger room where it would be more open.

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