School election petitions were filed last week for this year’s election on May 15, shaping the races for the candidates in the school districts in the eastern portion of Southampton Town.
Three candidates will compete for two vacant board seats in the Southampton School District: Charles Styler, James C. Wilson and Andrew J. Brindle.
Mr. Styler, an audiovisual technician for SEA-TV, ran last year. Mr. Wilson is a first-time candidate, and Mr. Brindle, a financial consultant, is also a first-time candidate.
David Dubin, who has served as board president for the past two years, has decided not to seek reelection, citing other responsibilities drawing on his time, including his work as a Parrish Art Museum board member, his work on the Southampton Youth Services board, and his three children. His open seat is a full, five-year term.
The second open seat has been vacant since October, when former board member Amy Pierson took a job as community relations specialist for the school district, and the district chose not to fill the seat until the spring election. That vacant seat is for four years.
Incumbent Sharon Grindle, a high school guidance counselor, has been on the Tuckahoe School Board since 2006, will seek reelection in this year’s race, while former School Board member Harald Steudte will compete with her for the seat. Mr. Steudte, a former Southampton fire commissioner and former Southampton Village trustee, served five terms on the Tuckahoe School Board from the mid-1980s until about 2000.
Terms on the Tuckahoe School Board are for three years.
Three candidates are running for two open slots on the Sag Harbor School Board.
Walter Wilcoxen, an architect who lives in Noyac, is seeking a third three-year term, while Gregg Schiavoni is seeking a second term. Also in the mix is first-time candidate Tom Gleeson, a retired teacher who now works as an admissions representative for Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology in Queens, and who lives in the Redwood section of Sag Harbor.
Incumbents Ronald White, Douglas DeGroot and Lillian Tyree will seek reelection in this year’s Bridgehampton School Board race, while first-time candidate Gabriella Braia, a real estate agent for Prudential Douglas Elliman, will run for one of the three open seats. Mr. White is a Prudential Douglas Elliman real estate agent, Mr. DeGroot owns the Buckskill Tennis Club, and Ms. Tyree is a bookkeeper.
Terms in Bridgehampton are for three years.
In Sagaponack, incumbent Board President Joseph P. Louchheim is running unopposed for reelection to a second three-year term on the board. Mr. Louchheim is the publisher of The Press News Group.