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Tonawanda City School Board has three open seats, but only two candidates

The Tonawanda City School Board has three open seats available on Tuesday, and for the second time in Superintendent James P. Newton’s 18 years in the district, there are only two candidates.

“It has happened before,” he said. “It’s odd.”

Depending on how Tuesday plays out in terms of write-in candidates, the board could decide to go with six members, as opposed to the seven who currently sit on the board, Newton said.

Seats occupied by current Board Members Geraldine Angelo, Fred Busch and Danielle Opalinski are up for election. Opalinski is the only incumbent running. Daniel L. Calabrese Jr., who served on the Board from 1999 to 2008, is also running.

When the board had an open seat without a candidate 10 years ago, there was a write-in campaign, and it was known the person wanted to serve, Newton said.

This year, there hasn’t been any talk of write-in candidates

Newton said he expects someone’s name to be written in when ballots are cast Tuesday, but that doesn’t mean the person will want the position. The person with the most write-in votes will be offered the seat.

If the person with the most write-in votes turns down the position, the person with the second-most votes isn’t offered the seat automatically, Newton said.

“The board could either fill the seat or leave it empty,” he said.

If no write-in ballots are received, the board could decide to post the position publicly, or decide to go with six members for the year, Newton said.

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