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The Buffalo News invited school board candidates to provide a statement about why they are running for office.

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My name is Todd Potter, Jr. and I am seeking a position on the Ken-Ton School Board. I am a lifelong resident of the Town of Tonawanda. I attended elementary school at St. Amelia’s and attended Hoover Middle School for grades 7-8. I am a 2009 Kenmore East High School graduate where I played Varsity Basketball and Volleyball, participated in Model UN, and graduated with honors.

In 2012, after three years in college, I obtained my B.A. in history (summa cum laude) from D’Youville College, while captaining the Volleyball team. I am currently obtaining my J.D. at the University at Buffalo Law School, where I am a class director for the Student Bar Association. My educational resume reflects my belief in a strong and well-rounded education.

I am an active member of the community. I have volunteered six years and running with the Kenmore Special Olympics. Also, I have worked for several elected officials in the local, state, and national spotlights which has granted me a level of professionalism and determination which always follows me.

As our district moves into the future, our taxes cannot increase any more without first restoring the extra-curricular and co-curricular activities that have fallen victim to budget cuts. Ken-Ton will be a premier district again, but it will not happen by cutting programs that get students interested and invested in school and in education.

Ultimately, I decided it’s my time to give back and do my part to ensure current and future students will be given the same opportunities and education I received. Parents, District employees, taxpayers and the community deserve responsible solutions with a fresh, uncompromised perspective. I know I can bring this and more to the board.

I look forward to working towards a brighter future for Kenmore-Tonawanda.