Nicholas Boland, an attorney and an East Hampton business owner, confirmed he will run for a seat on the East Hampton School District Board of Education next month.
J.P. Foster and Rich Wilson have also submitted their nominating petitions for one of the three seats up on the board. The deadline is April 22.
Boland said on Monday that he and Foster plan on running together.
"I think that the current school board needs some help," Boland said. "I think the district in general seems to be suffering from a lack communication — not any one particular person's fault. I think things are a mess in general," he said.
He is married to Deborah Meyer Boland, a first grade teacher at John M. Marshall Elementary School since 1996, but he said his wife's position has little to do with why he decided to run. "She's not concerned about politics. All she's concerned about is what's best for the kids and what she needs to do to achieve those goals," he said. They have no children.
"At this point in my life, I want to give back to my adopted hometown. I think this is a good way for me to do that," he said. "I think I have good qualifications, I have a great education," which he said springboarded from a public school education.
Raised in Commack, Boland has lived in East Hampton full-time since 1996.
A graduate of Cornell University and the Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center at Touro College, he practiced law from 1990 until 2005. He started a home improvement business in 2005 and started a second business, Fuel Renewal, in 2012.
Boland started a Facebook page for his campaign called Stepping Forward for East Hampton Schools.
"I am stepping forward for East Hampton Schools with three concepts in mind: Transparency, Clarity and Consistency. If elected I will work tirelessly to insure that the Board of Education operates with these three concepts in mind," he wrote on the page.
He said he will continue to share more of his thoughts there over the next month.