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Brenda Christopher, advocate on mascot issue, seeks Lancaster School Board seat

One of the loudest voices in the pro-Redskins campaign to preserve the Lancaster School District mascot plans to run for the School Board in the May 19 election.

Brenda Piskun Christopher – a 1987 Lancaster High graduate, parent and former School Board member who served for three years until 2013 – has helped spearhead the “Save the Redskins” campaign.

Christopher’s online announcement followed Tuesday night’s community forum on the mascot issue that drew hundreds to the high school. In a brief interview Wednesday night, she confirmed her intentions to run and said supporters from “her team” helped circulate nominating petitions at the forum.

Christopher had been planning to relocate to Orchard Park in 2013, when her board term ended, so she did not seek re-election. However, she did not end up moving. “I considered running (again), and hemmed and hawed, but figured now is a good time with the Redskins issue, Common Core and state assessments,” she said. “It’s the right fit.”

In a lengthy Facebook post Wednesday, Christopher wrote: “I am officially running for one of two board seats that will become available in May. I’ve asked for your trust and support. The encouragement has been overwhelming and I am humbled and truly grateful.”

In the post, Christopher expressed frustration with the forum. “Last night’s hearing was painful and a slap in the face, no doubt,” wrote Christopher, a longtime special-education teacher for the Cheektowaga Central School District and who has a sister who teaches at a Lancaster elementary school.

The board seats up for election are currently held by Wendy Buchert and Kimberly Nowak.

Neither Buchert nor Nowak could be reached Wednesday to comment on their re-election plans.