The five people running for three seats on the Riverhead Board of Education this year all agree that preparing a fiscally sound budget in the era of a state property tax cap is priority number one.
How to best accomplish that goal, however, is where the candidates differ.
Two of the five candidates are incumbents seeking re-election. School board president Ann Cotten-DeGrasse announced last year that she would not seek a third term, guaranteeing that at least one new member will be elected when voters head to the polls Tuesday.
The three challengers — a former school board president, a past PTO president and a recent town clerk candidate — are all familiar faces to Riverhead taxpayers.
The News-Review asked each of the candidates what they believe is the biggest challenge facing the district and why the community should vote for them on Tuesday.