Greenwich Board of Education debate did not spark much disagreement

GREENWICH — Even though the candidates for the Board of Education aren’t all from the same political party, they all have one primary goal — creating a positive working relationship amongst board members.

Come next month, there will be four open seats on the board — two for the Republican party and two for the Democrats. Since two Republicans and two Democrats are running, all four will end up joining the board after the Nov. 7 election. 

Three of the four candidates— Democrat Sophie Koven and Democratic incumbent Karen Hirsh and Republican incumbent Karen Kowalski — participated in the recent Greenwich League of Women Voters BOE debate. 

“It was extremely heartening tonight to sit up here with Karen and Karen because I think the way that we find our path forward is that we need to work together, we need to collaborate, we need to organize ourselves around shared values and shared interests,” Koven said. “I think that we all value education and we all want a quality education for our children.”

Greenwich Board of Education debate did not spark much disagreement

Greenwich Board of Education Democratic candidate Sophie Koven speaks during the Greenwich Board of Education debate at Town Hall in Greenwich, Conn. Thursday, Oct. 12, 2023.

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The fourth candidate, Republican Wendy Vizzo Walsh, did not participate in the debate. Becky Gillan, vice president of voter services for the Greenwich LWV, read out the statement Vizzo Walsh sent to the league about why she chose to not participate.