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Candidate 'endorsed' in racist flier elected to Lew-Port School Board

One of the two women "endorsed" in a racist flyer mailed to residents won election Tuesday to the Lewiston-Porter School Board.

Both candidates for School Board vehemently disavowed the flyer, and the school district also condemned the campaign mailer urging voters to "Keep Lew-Port white." All the candidates in the race are white.

The winners in that race are incumbent Lance Dickinson, who was re-elected with 712 votes, or 31.6 percent, and Sarah Roat Waechter, who got 611 votes or 27.1 percent.

Gemma Fournier was third, with 529 votes or 23.5 percent, and Betty VanDenBosch-Warrick, who also was named in the flyer and had denounced it, was fourth with 400 votes or 17.8 percent of the vote.

Clerk Marisa I. Barile said the winner of the second seat was not available Tuesday night because the district had been counting affidavit votes before declaring the winner of the second board seat.

In other late results:

Newfane District Clerk Bernadette Seymour said she is not ready to declare a winner in the write-in contest for school board member. There were votes for multiple candidates, she said. She is in the process of contacting the potential winner, to see if the person accepts or declines the seat.

Incumbent Michael Little was re-elected with 409 votes, she said.

Maryvale's budget, which needed approval from 60 percent of voters, won 79.1 percent of the votes, in a 762-201 vote. Incumbent Jason Baier, who was unopposed, was re-elected with 795 votes.

In Niagara-Wheatfield, incumbent Christopher Peters lost his bid for re-election, coming in fourth with 733 votes or 24.6 percent of the vote. Elected to the board were: Incumbent Gina Terbot with 752 votes or 25.3 percent; incumbent Darren Sneed with 750 votes or 25.2 percent; and Jason Myers with 742 votes or 24.9 percent.

[View results from Tuesday's school district elections in Erie and Niagara counties]

School budgets gained overwhelming approval throughout New York State Tuesday, as well as in the Buffalo Niagara region, although voters in the Hinsdale School District in Cattaraugus County defeated their budget. The School Board meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday to come up with a plan.

According to the New York State School Boards Association, statewide:

  • 99.4 percent of all budgets passed; one is too close to call.
  • 99.9 percent of budgets staying within the tax cap passed.
  • Three of 13 budgets above the tax cap that needed a supermajority approval failed.
  • Nearly 1,500 school board members were elected.

The school boards association has records online going back to 1969, and this is the highest passage rate in that time. The passing rate has increased since the implementation of the tax cap in 2012.

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