Saratoga Springs -- Voters Wednesday night will have a chance to hear from candidates in the crowded school board race.
Saratoga Unites, a local civic organization, will host a candidate forum Wednesday from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Dutcher Community Room at the Saratoga Springs Public Library.
“It is not often that we see so many candidates running for school board in our district, and we thought it was important to ensure community members get to hear from as many of the candidates as possible,” Norah Brennan, vice president of Saratoga Unites, said in a news release.
Five of seven active candidates in the race have confirmed attendance at the forum, according to the release. The group plans to give each candidate time for a two-minute introduction, which will be followed by written questions selected at random.
The school board race has grown to at least seven candidates in the wake of the school board's October decision to not authorize district grounds monitors to carry firearms, as some of the monitors long had done without formal board authorization.
Candidates both in favor and opposed to that board decision have stepped forward to vie for three open school board seats.
Brennan on Tuesday listed the five candidates who have committed to attend the forum: sitting board member and education researcher Heather Reynolds; Ed Cubanski, an American Red Cross regional executive; Natalya Lakhtakia, a speech pathologist; John Brueggemann, a Skidmore College sociology professor; and, Shaun Wiggins, CEO of a data analytics firm.
Other candidates in the race include Connie Woytowich, a South Colonie science teacher, and Dean Kolligian, an Adirondack Trust Company vice president.