Debates scheduled for school board candidates

The six candidates running for the Board of Education will square off twice this month in debates hosted by the Parent Teacher Council of Stamford and the city’s various parent-teacher organizations.

The first debate will be held at the Board’s conference room, on the fifth floor of Government Center at 888 Washington Blvd., at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 15. The second, which will be co-sponsored by the Stamford NAACP, will take place at the Yerwood Center, 90 Fairfield Ave., at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 24.

There are six candidates vying for three open spots on the school board this November: Democrat Pauline Rauh, an incumbent who currently serves as Board president; Democrat Dolores Burgess; Democrat Eva Padilla; Republican Lorraine Olson, an incumbent who currently serves as Board secretary; Republican Jerry Pia, an incumbent who currently serves and Board vice president; and Republican Jonathan Hoch.

At least two Republicans must be named to the Board this year, according to state minority party laws, which state that the majority party can hold no more than two-thirds of the seats on the Board. There are currently six Democrats and three Republicans on the Board of Education.

We’ll have more election coverage over the course of the month as the debates and conversation begin.

Maggie Gordon