Nominating committee asks community’s help in finding ‘excellent candidates’ for two Pelham school board seats on May ballot

Editor’s note: This announcement was provided by the Pelham Citizens Nominating Committee. The Pelham Examiner publishes announcements in the form received as a service to the community.

The Pelham Citizens Nominating Committee (CNC) is reaching out to the community to ask for help in identifying and encouraging excellent candidates to run for the Pelham Board of Education. This year, two seats are up for election.

The Pelham Citizens Nominating Committee (CNC) is a nonpartisan organization, the purpose of which is to recruit, interview and nominate highly qualified candidates for the Board of Education. A Pelham CNC nomination is not an endorsement. It is an assessment that the candidate possesses the qualifications set forth by New York State along with the qualifications specific to Pelham as set forth by the CNC.

New York State requirements for BOE include being a US Citizen, at least 18 years old, a qualified voter in the school district, able to read and write, and a resident of the district continuously for one year before the election. Candidates cannot be employed by the board on which they will serve or live in the same household with a family member who is also a member of the same school board. More information can be found here:

In addition to these requirements, the CNC seeks candidates who have a general interest in education, a belief in the public school system, the ability to work well with others and who understand and are able and willing to execute faithfully the duties of a member of the Board of Education. Candidates should understand that the role of a BOE trustee is a nonpartisan role and not be motivated by personal or political agendas. Furthermore, in the judgment of the CNC, the candidate demonstrates knowledge of current local community issues as they affect the Pelham educational system.

The CNC will consider the composition of the Board with respect to representation for each local school area. The CNC will not consider for selection and nomination any elected public official or any principal officer of an organized political party. The CNC will consider incumbent Board members, available for re-nomination, on the same basis as any other eligible person without regard to their status as an incumbent.

The BOE candidate application for CNC nomination is now available at The deadline to submit applications is 8pm on Friday, March 10th. All BOE candidate interviews will be held between March 14-24th. The deadline for candidates to file nominating petitions with the District Clerk is April 17th. The Budget Vote and BOE Election is May 16th.

Questions can be directed to our inbox, [email protected]. Thank you for your support as we start the search for two qualified Board of Education candidates.


Sarah McKee & Kimberly A. Riegel, PhD, CNC Co-Chairs 2023