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Brown increases lead in race for School Board; Elliott concedes

The final seat on the Buffalo Board of Education appears to be set.

Kathy Evans-Brown hung on to her election night lead over challenger Patricia A. Elliott, after absentee ballots were opened Wednesday at the Erie County Board of Elections, the two candidates confirmed.

“I concede gracefully,” Elliott told The Buffalo News. “I am fully supportive of her.”

Election night ended with Brown leading the race for the East District by 31 votes with 439 votes cast for Brown and 408 for Elliott. There still was some hope for Elliott, however, with 68 absentee ballots yet to be counted. But Brown ended up increasing her lead, the two candidates said.

Staff at the Board of Elections said a recanvassing will be done on Thursday when results of the race will be made official.

Brown, 64, a project coordinator for the Buffalo Urban League, had the backing of the Buffalo Teachers Federation.

“I am excited,” Brown said. “It’s uncharted territory for me, certainly, but I know there’s a lot of work to be done and I take it very seriously.”

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