Why I’m Endorsing Jeffrey Conrad

From Betty Jean Grant

The Buffalo Board of Education will be electing all 9 members of this board on Tuesday, May 7th. There are 6 district seats as well as the 3 soon- to -be vacant, At Large positions. There are 8 candidates running for the At Large seats.

I am writing on the unique qualifications of Jeffrey Conrad, one of the candidates I am supporting . Mr. Conrad is a former Buffalo common council member and the Chief Executive Officer of the Center for Employment Opportunities, a self-help agency for former felons who needed assistance with re entering the community, job assistance, medical care, remedial education or in earning a GED.

In addition, based on his long history of advocacy and effectiveness, Jeffrey Conrad was selected by this writer to chair the newly created Erie County Safe Street Initiative to address the city’s high homicide rate, when I chaired the Erie County Legislature, in 2012.

Today, Mr. Conrad runs Catholic Charities’ education and training program at 1001 E. Delavan Ave., in the old American Axle Plant. This program currently assists our community’s young men and women to prepare for the math and literacy tests that are required by the Northland Corridor Training Program. In assisting these students, he discovered that many of them were coming to the training program hungry. So what did he do? Why, he opened a food pantry that feed them at work and allow them to take food home to their families!

So, it is for these and other reasons, I am supporting Jeffrey Conrad for Buffalo School Member At-Large in the May 7th election.

Betty Jean Grant is the founder We Are Women Warrior