JAMESTOWN – A write-in campaign is underway for the Jamestown Board of Education election, set to take place on Tuesday, May 17.
Former Jamestown school board member and former board president Joe Pawelski, who still lives in the Jamestown School District, has confirmed to WRFA that a group of residents approached him this week and asked him to run as a write-in candidate. The request comes following the announcement earlier this week that current board member and president Joe DiMaio has decided against seeking a fifth term in office.
Pawelski served on Jamestown School Board for 19 years, and was elected by his peers as president of the board for five consecutive years, from 2003 to 2008. He told WRFA on Friday that even if elected to the board in the upcoming election through the write-in process, he still would need approval from his employer prior to taking a seat on the board. He currently serves as Associate Vice President – Investment Officer at Wells Fargo Advisors in Warren, PA.
There are two seats on the ballot for three-year terms. Four names will appear on the ballot, although DiMaio has said even if he received the highest or second-highest total number of votes, he would decline serving another term on the board. The other three names that will appear on the ballot are current school board member Patrick Slagle along with city residents Jeffrey Yeates and Todd Rushforth.
The district has also already mailed out a postcard with Board of Education candidate information, which people should receive this week in their mail. .
The election will be conducted next Tuesday May 17 from noon to 9 p.m. Voters unsure of their correct polling places can call the District Clerk at 483-4420.