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Historic School Board Candidate Forum Tonight at Lord Stirling

Unity Square Hosts a Bilingual Forum For Six Candidates Seeking Board Positions
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Six candidates are vying for three seats on the city school board, but tonight they will share the same stage. Charlie Kratovil

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—It's been many years since residents were able to witness opposing candidates in any election share the same stage.

Tonight, all six candidates running in the city's first regular school board election are expected to address the public at Lord Stirling Elementary School, as part of a "candidate's forum" that starts at 7pm.

Unity Square is a non-profit venture started by Catholic Charities and based out of the Sacred Heart Church at 81 Throop Avenue.  The forum will be conducted to facilitate immediate translation into Spanish so that the city's sizable Spanish-speaking population can participate.

In addition to opening statements to be given by each of the candidates, they will also face questions to be taken from audience members, according to Jason Rowe, head of the Unity Square project.

The six candidates tonight include incumbents John Krenos, Patricia Sadowski, Benito Ortiz, and challengers Martin Arocho, Sean Monahan, and Stephanie Rivera.

The Lord Stirling Community School is located at 101 Redmond Street in the First Ward.  It also has an entrance on George Street, near the intersection with Commercial Avenue.

Editor's Note: Sean Monahan is the co-founder and publisher of New Brunswick Today.