It’s just for three months but Kate Rivera was chosen Monday night to fill the Board of Education vacancy of Democrat Jacqueline Kelleher who resigned July 31.
The September 16 Democratic primary for mayor will also include races for school board. Party-endorsed Kadisha Coates, Hernan Illingworth and Faith Harrison-Villegas face challenges from Dennis Bradley, Maria Pereira and Ben Walker.
CT Post reporter Linda Conner Lambeck has more on Rivera selection:
Mary “Kate” Rivera, 38, was chosen Monday night to to fill a vacancy on the city Board of Education for the next three months.
Rivera was one of seven candidates to be publicly interviewed Monday by the remainder of the school board before the panel’s regular business meeting at the new Roosevelt School.
“I’m not going to let you down,” said Rivera, who is the mother of four. “I can’t wait to continue to help the children of Bridgeport.”
Rivera got five votes. Also nominated were Faith Harrison-Villegas, who got two votes and Gail E. Janensch, who got one vote. Harrison-Villegas and Ben Walker, another candidate, are both running for four-year seats in the fall. Rivera said she didn’t run because she wasn’t sure she could give her all for that length of time.
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