After the petition filing deadline for candidates seeking school board seats fell on Monday, there only real surprise came in Oysterponds.
Indications last week were that only two people might be interested in filing petitions for the three open seats on the board there, which would have made any last-minute write-in candidate a shoo-in.
In fact, four people ended up filing petitions, so there will be a contest in Oysterponds after all.
Incumbent Carl Demarest, who said last week he wouldn’t seek re-election after seven years on the board, changed his mind and submitted a petition. Also filing were Thomas Gray, Dorothy-Dean Thomas and Deborah Dumont. Ms. Dumont was one of the leaders of the committee assigned by the school board to consider where Oysterponds should send its junior and senior high school students.
Oysterponds incumbents Nancy Williams and Kathy Caffery held true to their plans not to run.
Profiles of the these candidates and those in other districts will appear in the May 6 edition of The Suffolk Times.
In Greenport, Michael Reed made good on his announcement that he would seek a school board seat by filing his petition. Incumbents Heather Wolf, the board president, and Tina Volinski are seeking re-election. The three candidates will vie for two open seats.
Unless a write-in candidate emerges, Southold has no battle as board president Judi Fouchet turned out to be the only candidate filing for the single open seat.
New candidate William Gatz will run for a seat on the Mattituck-Cutchogue Board of Education against incumbents Lynne Krauza and Janique Nine.
In New Suffolk, Joseph Polashock, who was appointed last year to complete Jana Prindle’s unexpired term, is the only person running for the one open spot on the three-person board.