School board candidates to speak at forum and debate

With two competitive races on the ballot this fall, candidates for the Board of Education will have two chances to speak to the voters.

The six Board of Education candidates, three Republicans and three Democrats running for four spots on the board, will participate in a candidates forum on Tuesday, Oct. 15 at Central Middle School and then a debate on Tuesday, Oct. 29 at Eastern Middle School, just one week before Election Day.

The candidate’s forum is being cosponsored by the Greenwich League of Women Voters and the Greenwich PTA Council. It will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Members of the public are invited to attend and it is also scheduled to be broadcast on GCTV Channel 79.

The debate is being hosted by three neighborhood associations, the Riverside, Old Greenwich, and Cos Cob Associations. All Greenwich voters are invited to attend.

The debate will start at 7 p.m. and doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Riverside resident Julie Faryniarz, will moderate the debate. Ms. Faryniarz is executive director of the Greenwich Alliance for Education, a not-for-profit organization that supports education in Greenwich.

All the candidates will deliver opening statements and then Ms. Faryniarz will ask questions developed with input from members of the neighborhood associations. Candidates will have a minute and a half to answer each question, followed by one minute for responses, rebuttals or clarifications.

Following closing statements from the candidates, they will be invited to remain in the hall to meet members of the audience.

Both parties have competitive elections this year. Democrats have two open spots on the board and over the summer the Democratic Town Committee formally endorsed Samarpana Tamm and Debbie Appelbaum for them. Laura Erickson was able to petition her way onto the ballot as  Democrat. For the Republicans, there is one open spot and one member, Peter Sherr, running for reelection. However, Mr. Sherr did not receive the Greenwich Republican Town Committee’s endorsements, which went to Brian Peldunas and Peter Bernstein. Mr. Sherr was able to petition his way onto the ballot as well as a Republican.

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