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Fresh faces bring new ideas - and YouTube - to school board races

Buffalo is not the only district with an 18-year-old running for School Board. There are three recent high school graduates running for school board seats in the suburbs Tuesday:

In Iroquois Central, Gunnar J. Haberl hopes to become a household name, and he has a polished YouTube video promoting his candidacy. The 18-year-old freshman at the University at Buffalo and legislative aide in the State Assembly has two opponents, Anna Kwaizer and Heidi Salva.

“As a recent graduate I can offer the perspective of the student body and how decisions that are made can affect them and their education,” said Haberl, a former Iroquois student body president.

In Orchard Park, Dwight D. Eagan, in his second year at UB, thinks his youth – he turns 20 the day before the election – is not a weakness but a strength.


“I know the ins and outs of our school district,” he said, adding he has four younger siblings attending Orchard Park schools. “Two years out from the OP school system, I know what it means to apply my education in my studies at university as well as in life.”

He’s in a three-way race with Robert J. Mahany and Saverio “Sam” Marrazzo for two seats.








At 23, Victoria O. Obot of Lockport is the eldest of the younger set.

Victoria ObotA graduate of UB with a political science degree, she works at HSBC Bank and teaches Sunday School.

“I love Lockport, and often brag about how kind our wonderful community is,” she said, while also calling for more open communication between the board with students and faculty. “How can the board truly determine if policies set forth are effective & beneficial, if we don’t communicate with those affected by it?”

Obot is one of four candidates, including incumbent Marietta Schrader, Edward P. Sandell and Karen S. Young, running for three seats on the Lockport City School Board.

Obot and Eagan also have Facebook pages promoting their candidacies.

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