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Candidate profile: Edmund M. Bedient, West Seneca School Board

Edmund-BedientSchool district: West Seneca

Age: 40

Town (current residence): West Seneca

Current occupation and/or community involvement:

I am currently the owner of Clear Choice Cleaning Services, LLC which is headquartered here in West Seneca. I have been an active board member and volunteer of the Winchester PTA, am the President Elect for West Seneca Rotary, serve on the board of West Seneca Chamber of Commerce and am involved with the District Parent Council, Citizens Emergency Response Team, and am a girls' softball coach. In 2014, I co-chaired the 21st Century Commission which researched various options surrounding the future of the West Seneca School District, and presented them to the school board.

Number of years you have lived in the school district: 40

Incumbent: No

Have you run for office before? Yes

If yes, please list your election history:

I was a candidate in last year's school board election, and was the runner up to the two incumbent candidates.

Please tell us about yourself.:

My wife Sara and I have been together for more than 20 years and are raising our 5 children together in the house I grew up in here in West Seneca. We believe that West Seneca is truly the best place in the state to raise kids, and a big part of that decision is our school district.

Please describe the top issues facing your school district and how you would address them as a school board member.:

The need for long term solutions surrounding building usage and declining enrollment, as well as transparency and communication with our stakeholders. I would like to explore a long term plan so that we have an idea of where the district will be in 5 to 10 years. I'd also like to further the work of the school board in disseminating information timely and effectively to the people who matter most.

Do you think public education in New York is headed in the right direction? No

Please explain why, in 100 words or less:

Educating students with the programs they need and want is tied too much in to politics. We should rely more on teachers and parents to determine how our kids need to be taught, and should spend our tax dollars on good educational programs that prepare our students to become successful adults.

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