Utica resident James Paul III has announced his candidacy for the Utica City School District Board of Education.
Paul is 15-year Utica resident and a graduate of Mohawk Valley Community College. He is also a 27-year U.S. Army veteran and he currently works as a field technician for USIC Utility Services.
Paul says his experience working with Hillside Work Scholarship Connection in Syracuse is where he developed his passion for working with youth, and helping address issues in his community related to education and social/economic injustice.
Paul lives in Utica with his wife and three children, all of whom attend or graduated from Proctor High School.
A press release sent out by James Paul’s campaign reads, in part, “James believes in doing any and everything reasonably possible to help make our school district one that has the ability to continue to serve all of its constituents and continually strives to put its students, teachers, administrators, staff, and parents first; he understands that it truly takes a 'village' to raise, nurture, and develop the youth of Utica. Hopefully, the City’s growth and the School District’s advancement of education are led by organic and youthful retention in our neighborhoods.
There are six candidates vying for three open positions on the Utica City School District Board, one of whom is current board member Don Dawes, whose term is ending. At 7 p.m. Tuesday evening, those six candidates will participate in a public forum hosted by CNY Citizen Action at 40 Faxton St., Utica.