There will be an Oysterponds school board candidate forum tonight in Orient, but only incumbent Dorothy-Dean Thomas will be in attendance.
Civic officials said candidate Betsy Dzenkowski has declined the invitation due to a scheduling conflict.
Ms. Dzenkowski is an East Marion resident who hasn’t actively campaigned. She and Ms. Thomas tied for one of three seats at the May 21 election, with 157 votes each.
Ms. Thomas is the current school board president and lives in Orient. Civic officials said she has agreed to attend tonight’s 7 p.m. forum at Poquatuck Hall to answer questions. All Orient and East Marion residents are invited to attend.
The June 25 runoff election between Ms. Thomas and Ms. Dzenkowski will take place at the elementary school between 3 to 9 p.m.
Check back next Tuesday night for live election results.