Fourteen candidates have submitted petitions to run for one of the three at-large seats up for grabs in this year’s Buffalo School Board race.
The filings confirm what has been expected to be a large candidate pool for the hotly contested election.
The 14 candidates all had to acquire 1,000 names on their petitions. Now, the candidates have three days to review each other’s filings and make objections in an attempt to bump their competition off the ballot.
The final names that will appear on the ballot will not be available until about two weeks before the election.
Petitions were supposed to be postmarked by Tuesday, so while most candidates dropped theirs off in person, there is a chance more will turn up in the coming days.
Also, candidates were supposed to file their first round of financial disclosures this week, but as of Tuesday only four had done so. They are Bernie Tolbert, Sergio R. Rodriguez, Stephon Wright and Barbara A. Nevergold.
The election is May 6.
The candidates who filed petitions are:
• Stephen Buccilli, a civil engineer at Watts Architecture & Engineering. He is a native of Western New York who now resides in North Buffalo.
• Samuel P. Davis, a personal injury attorney and Chicago native who spent more than two years working as a full-time substitute teacher in New York City after graduating with a political science degree from Western Illinois University.
• Ralph R. Hernandez, who served on the board for nine years, until 2013. When he ran for re-election then as the West District representative, he was thrown off the ballot because of problems with his nominating petitions. He waged an unsuccessful write-in campaign against James Sampson.
• John B. Licata, an attorney for the Erie County Water Authority and School Board member since 2009. Licata is the father of children at Olmsted and City Honors.
• Bryon J. McIntyre, a retired firefighter who holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Buffalo State College. He is involved with the District Parent Coordinating Council and a former president of the Performing Arts Parent-Teacher Organization.
• Wendy Mistretta, a former Buffalo State College administrator. She is also an active parent at International School 45 and with the District Parent Coordinating Council. She has children at School 45 and City Honors.
• Nevergold, a board member since January 2012 and co-founder and co-director of the Uncrowned Queens Institute for Research and Education on Women. She is also an adjunct assistant professor at Empire State College and a former director of student support services at the University at Buffalo’s Educational Opportunity Center.
• Patricia A. Pierce, a domestic violence investigator with the Erie County District Attorneys Office. She is the former chief of patrol and investigative services for the Erie County Sheriff’s Office and a detective with the Buffalo Police Department.
• Larry Quinn, a longtime business and community leader. He is a former director of development under Mayor James D. Griffin and former co-owner of the Buffalo Sabres and vice chairman of the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp.
• Rodriguez, former deputy director of the Erie County Veterans Service Agency, Medaille College’s coordinator of the Office of Veterans and Military Affairs and president of the Los Tainos Senior Citizens Center. Rodriguez unsuccessfully ran for mayor last year on the Republican line.
• Daniel Rockwitz Reynolds, a performer as well as a Chinese language interpreter for the International Institute of Buffalo. He holds a master’s degree in education from the University at Buffalo and served for two months in 2012 as an English-as-a-second-language teacher at International School 45, a Buffalo elementary school.
• Gizelle Stokes, a founding social worker and school counselor at Buffalo’s King Center Charter School.
• Tolbert, who also unsuccessfully ran for mayor last year in the Democratic primary. Tolbert led the FBI’s Buffalo office and held executive posts with the National Basketball Association and Coca-Cola.
• Wright, a student at Erie Community College and 2012 Emerson High School graduate. He was the first student representative to the board in 2012.