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Nine running for Board of Education seats in Waterloo

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In an unprecedented race, a record-breaking field of nine candidates will compete for three available seats on the Waterloo Board of Education in the upcoming election. The vote, set to take place on May 16, will determine the representatives for the nine-member board as well as other local propositions.


Among the hopefuls are two incumbents, Erin Brown and Christopher Felice. Brown, who currently serves on the board, is pursuing a second three-year term. Felice, appointed in September to fill an empty seat, aims to secure a full term this time around. Notably absent from the ballot is Ray Grifa Jr., who has decided against seeking re-election.

The remaining contenders, listed alphabetically, include Amber Amidon, Karen Burcroff, Brian Dwello, Michael Hayden, Kathryne Jones, Patrick Tellier, and Jolynn Worden. This impressive roster of candidates highlights the community’s engagement and commitment to educational leadership.

Residents will not only cast their votes for school board representatives but will also weigh in on the 2023-2024 school budget, a bus purchase proposition, and a proposal to increase funding for the Waterloo Library & Historical Society. Voting will take place from noon to 9 p.m. on May 16 at the district’s offices, located at 109 Washington St.