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Upcoming Seneca Falls school board election is first contested race in over a decade

The upcoming school board election in Seneca Falls will be contested for the first time in 16 years.

Five candidates are seeking three open seats on the school board for the May 17 election, according to Finger Lakes Times. Candidates include Linda James, who is seeking a second term, as well as rookies Denise Lorenzetti, Tony Ferrara, Matthew Lando, and Steve Clemenson.

The district’s last contested school board election occurred in May 2006. The candidates who receive the three highest vote counts will assume their three-year terms on July 1. Current board members Jeff Hartwell and William Reigel decided not to seek reelection, with the men serving since July 1, 2011 and July 1, 2013, respectively.

The school board has nine members. The May 17 election will be at a new location this year: the recently-constructed Seneca Falls Central School Operations Center at 2 Butler Ave.

To learn more about this year’s candidates, head to the school board website.