NORTH SALEM, N.Y.— Two candidates are running for a pair of open seats on the North Salem Board of Education.
According to District Clerk Mary Rhuda, only two candidates filed petitions with her office by the April 17 deadline, which means with two seats up for grabs, the election will essentially be unopposed.
The open seats are currently held by trustee Carolyn Aversano, who is not seeking another term, and Andrew Brown who is running for re-election. Kurt Gulden is the other candidate running for an open seat. The seats are three-year terms ending June 30, 2020.
Brown is a lieutenant with the North Salem Police Department, who retired from the NYPD in 2004 after serving as a police officer and sergeant for two decades. He has served on the Board of Education since 2008. He is a current member of the North Salem Town Recreation Committee, an advisory panel that reports to the North Salem Town Board on matters involving town recreation programs and needs. His now-grown children are graduates of the North Salem school district. He has volunteered with the Little League, AYSO, North Salem Rec Basketball, Brewster Hockey and North Salem Lacrosse from 1998 to 2013.
Gulden has been a member of the Croton Falls Fire Department and the North Salem Volunteer Ambulance Corps since 1996. He has served as the coordinator of the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) since 2011. He has been the president of the ambulance corps for the past 20 years and in 2012 received a Congressional commendation for outstanding valor and service to the community.
In addition to Gulden’s community involvement, he has been a member of the school district’s Safety Committee since 2011 and the Drug Task Force since 2015. His son attends North Salem schools.
The vote for the 2017-2018 school budget and school board trustees is slated for May 16.