VOTING

7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at East Quogue Elementary School.

THE BUDGET

The district proposes a $23,057,502 budget for 2015-16, a 1.01 percent increase over the current $22,826,044. The local tax levy would increase 0.68 percent, from $20,442,486 to $20,582,502.

This increase is within the state's tax-cap limit of 0.68 percent, so a simple majority vote will be required to approve the budget. School taxes on the average single-family home would increase 0.28 percent, from $5,846 to $5,862.

The district is undergoing teacher contract negotiations.

District website:

eastquogue.k12.ny.us

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THE CANDIDATES

Christopher Hudson and Carolyn Terry are running for one at-large seat. The term is three years.

Christopher HudsonBACKGROUND: Hudson, 39, is a teacher in the Remsenburg-Speonk school district. His wife, Tara, is a teacher in the Westhampton Beach school district. Hudson has a bachelor's degree from St. Lawrence University and a master's degree from Dowling College. He has completed his course work for a school administrator's degree at Stony Brook University. Hudson is co-president of the Remsenburg-Speonk Teachers Association, facilitator at the Remsenberg-Speonk Elementary School Recycling Club, and an assistant manager at the Quogue Beach Club. He has two children in kindergarten and a first-grader at the East Quogue School.

ISSUES: Hudson said he wants to maintain excellence in the district's programs. He said he wants to "enhance community relations and create a working relationship with the legislature to have them help with problems such as increases in tuition." He said he wants to continue to work with "our feeder districts to help us thrive."

Carolyn TerryBACKGROUND: Terry, 45, is a stay-at-home mom. She is a Westhampton Beach High School graduate and received her bachelor's degree in English and elementary school education from Nazareth College. She has been recording secretary, president and co-president of the East Quogue PTA since 1999. She is also Sunday school superintendent at the Westhampton United Methodist Church. She has two children at East Quogue Elementary School, along with a junior and a senior at Westhampton Beach High School.

ISSUES: Since East Quogue schools are in a tuition-paying district, she said, "The projected percentage increase in tuition is not always the actual percentage increase." She said this is an important issue because "tuition makes up over half of our budget expenditures." She said she would like to find "ways to stabilize our tuition payments for the years to come."