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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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Clarence Schools stand out from others because of their superior teachers, students, and community. The expectations and delivery of quality education at the least possible cost for taxpayers is a continuing challenge.

Seven years ago, my husband, George, and I made our home in Clarence because of the great schools, community and reasonable taxes. Today, we look forward to sending our daughter to Ledgeview in the fall.

I am a partner in the law firm of Damon Morey in the Business Litigation and Insolvency Department. I received my B.S. (with honors) in Business Administration (Finance and MIS), from SUNY Buffalo and my Juris Doctor (with honors), from Michigan State University, College of Law.

I have volunteered and supported such community programs as Lawyers for Learning and Credit Abuse Resistance Education. I have taught business classes at local colleges. My recent community recognitions include: one of Business First of Buffalo’s 40 Under Forty and one of Western New York’s Up and Coming Attorneys as selected by the Daily Record. I am a past chairperson of the Bar Association of Erie County’s Commercial and Bankruptcy Law Committee and an advisory board member of the Upstate NY Turnaround Management Association.

Particularly in these difficult economic times, we need to use our resources thoughtfully. With more fiscal challenges expected, we must work together to find creative solutions to maintain the programs that make Clarence unique and our schools the most desirable. The School Board needs an organized, dependable professional who is a proactive leader and decision maker. My skills, coupled with my enthusiasm, will enable me to contribute to the School Board while addressing and meeting the needs of the community.

I look forward to serving our community and would appreciate your vote. Vote for me, Beth Bivona, on line three!

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