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Buffalo's School Board Election: Observations on the winners, turnout
Four newcomers and five incumbents claimed victory in the Buffalo School Board elections Tuesday and will take office July 1.
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Before we close the books on this newsletter, here are a few notes and observations on the election of 2019 that I'm thinking about:
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Winners: There were other winners Tuesday besides those candidates who claimed victory at the polls, including:
The Buffalo Teachers Federation, which had a clean sweep. All of the winners received the endorsement of the BTF, which has long wielded its influence in School Board elections by mobilizing its members in support of the union’s endorsed candidates.
Superintendent Kriner Cash. Most, if not all, of Tuesday’s winners have publicly expressed support for the job Cash has been doing in the district during his tenure as superintendent. Don’t be surprised to see the board offer him an extension.
Buffalo pubs. Election watch parties hosted by candidates were in full swing Tuesday at local establishments, like Marinaro's Larkin Tavern, Wellington Pub and Doc Sullivan’s. Can you match the candidate with the pub?
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Absentee ballots: The closest race of the night was in the East District, where unofficial results had Kathy Evans-Brown edging out Patricia A. Elliott.
Brown grabbed 52 percent of the vote, but Elliott actually lost by only 31 votes. Let’s see if absentee ballots come into play on this one.
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Dismal turnout -- again: We know turnout is miserably low during Buffalo School Board elections. Over the past seven School Board races, participation among city voters ranged from as low as 5% to as high as 14%.
While not confirmed by the Erie County Board of Elections, voter turnout Tuesday was right around 5 percent based on my rough calculations.
That’s not unexpected, but it may be a little surprising considering this race was a bigger deal given all nine seats were on the ballot.
In 2004, the last time all the seats were up, turnout was 10 percent.

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