The outspoken reformer - who ran for governor in 2010- will be joined by two other newcomers, who won in districts where the incumbent was relegated to write-in campaigns. Eleven percent of all votes cast were write-in votes, but in each district the write-in totals were eclipsed by traditional candidates on the ballot.
Three incumbents - Mary Ruth Kapsiak, Sharon Beltman-Cotton and Jason McCarthy- were elected; incumbents Rosalyn Taylor and Ralph Hernandez were ousted. Three other At-Large board members were not up for re-election now.
Kapsiak was the only candidate endorsed by the teachers union to be elected.
Carl P Paladino 2,543 79%
Adrian Fitzgerald Harris 646 20%
write ins/undervotes 20 1%
(I) Mary Ruth Kapsiak 1,174 59%
Bryon J McIntyre 700 35%
write ins/undervotes 104 5%
EAST DISTRICT - Total votes 965
Theresa A Harris-Tigg 694 72%
write ins/undervotes 271 28% (Rosalyn Taylor - I)
FERRY DISTRICT - Total votes 1,384
(I) Sharon Belton-Cottman 973 70%
write ins/undervotes 411 30%
NORTH DISTRICT - Total votes 3,631
(I) Jason M McCarthy 1,697 47%
Susan Gillick 1,330 37%
Wendy Mistretta 555 15%
write ins/undervotes 49 1%
James M Sampson 554 54%
write ins/undervotes 466 46% (Ralph Hernandez - I)
"I'm so proud of the Park district and the people who sent out a message to the school board and administration that it's time to change things."
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While none has been as outspoken as Paladino on the need to replace the superintendent, two of the candidates who were elected Tuesday have a reform bent he has praised.
Jason McCarthy edged out Sue Gillick for the North district seat, in a three way race, where Wendy Mistretta lagged behind. While not receiving any direct support from Paladino, McCarthy was praised by him as the only incumbent worth supporting.
Newcomer James Samson, chairman of the Buffalo Fiscal Stability authority and an advocate of changing board financial operations defeated Hernandez, who was relegated to a write-in campaign after a challenge that Paladino helped bring to the Board of Elections.
... And Opponents
Former board president Mary Ruth Kapsiak's victory over Bryon McIntyre in the Central district seat was the only win scored by any of the Buffalo Teachers Federation's endorsed candidates .
They also supported losing candidates Adrian Harris against Paladino, Hernandez against Samson, Rosalyn Taylor over Harris-Tigg and Gillick over McCarthy.
The exact vote totals for each write in candidate will not be known for a while, but there was no district where the total number of write ins exceeded the vote totals of the officially nominated candidate on the ballot.
The first thing Paladino says he wants to change is leadership. Paladino has said he wanted to get rid of several board members and even Superintendent Pamela Brown.
"They're going to have to, because you have a woman who was complicit in a fraud with the BTF president and the now sitting board president who has to recuse herself from consideration because she was a willing participant," says Paladino, referring to a side deal on teacher evaluations shot down by the state.
Paladino says the search for new leadership doesn't need to go outside of Erie County, "who understands the problems we're facing and knows the solutions. Yes, they're going to make mistakes. But at least they're going to move where we've been stagnant, and watching this disgraceful decay of the education system in our city."