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Criticizing the Buffalo schools superintendent, teachers union and district’s spending, community and business leader Larry Quinn officially announced his run for the Buffalo school board on Wednesday.

“I like her personal story, I have empathy for her,” Quinn said of Superintendent Pamela C. Brown. “I just don’t think she has the mix of leadership and maybe experience to take on this kind of problem.”

Quinn said last week that he was approached to run for the board by several people. That included school board member Carl Paladino, who has vowed to support candidates he believes will help him oust the superintendent. Quinn is the first candidate Paladino recruited to come forward.

Quinn’s announcement came on the second day of the election season for three hotly contested seats on the Buffalo school board. Eight candidates are hoping to be on the ballot for the May 6 election to fill three at-large seats carrying five-year terms.

The other candidates include incumbents Barbara Seals Nevergold and John Licata, along with Wendy Mistretta, Stephon Wright, Adrian Harris and former mayoral candidates Bernard Tolbert and Sergio Rodriguez.

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