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West Seneca Town Supervisor Candidates Debate at West Seneca East
West Seneca Town Supervisor Candidates Debate at West Seneca East

West Seneca East Senior High School is proud to host a debate between the two major party candidates for the office of Town of West Seneca supervisor.

Wallace Piotrowski and Sheila Meegan will square off in their only public debate on Wednesday, Nov. 2 in the East Senior High School auditorium, located at 4760 Seneca St., West Seneca.

This program, the second annual candidate debate hosted by the high school, will again be run by East Senior Participation in Government (PIG) students, with the guidance of teacher Nadine Ocasio and assistant principal Jason Winnicki.

Last year’s debate between state Senate candidates Tim Kennedy and Jack Quinn III was well received by community members, so students and staff wanted to hold a similar forum again this year. Ocasio also believes it is important to give students a firsthand experience of what it means to be a part of the political process, as well as to provide the community an opportunity to make an educated decision when they head to the polls on Nov. 8.

“It’s a great learning experience for the kids,” Ocasio said. “And it will be informative for the community.”

Piotrowski, the incumbent, has served as West Seneca town supervisor for the past four years. Meegan, who has served on the Town Council for four years, defeated Piotrowski in a close race in the Democratic primary on Sept. 13. However, Piotrowski has the Republican and Conservative endorsements for the general election. In addition to the Democratic line, Meegan’s name will appear on the Working Families line.

Though the questions for the candidates will be student-generated, they will be developed through thorough research, and the public is encouraged to attend what promises to be an educational event. Students will also moderate the debate; they will be selected for this opportunity through an application process.

All are invited to a meet and greet with the candidates at 6 p.m. Refreshments will be served. The debate will start at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 2 and is expected to last an hour and 30 minutes.

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