Bailey to seek Perry slot, leave Salem BOE; 2 others leaving


SALEM — Salem city resident Steve Bailey announced Tuesday that he’s decided to run for Perry Township trustee instead of seeking re-election to the school board, encouraging others to become involved with Salem City Schools.

In fact, his two fellow board members whose terms are also up at the end of this year, Doug Moffett and board president LuAnn Haddad, confirmed they’re not seeking re-election either, opening up three spots on the board for other district residents willing to serve.

“I think the schools are in great financial shape right now,” Bailey said.

The 45-year-old financial planner has been on the board nearly 12 years now, serving as president for five years, vice president for three years and serving primarily on the Audit/Finance and Building and Grounds committees.

According to a press release he issued, one of his main goals when he ran for school board “was to use my financial background to help make sure that the schools became fiscally responsible and

adhere to budgets that were established. At this time, I feel that the schools are in good financial shape and that our administrative team, teachers and other staff are one of the best around.”

Bailey said he wants to use his financial background to help the township and continue serving the community. He had been leaning toward leaving the school board and attended a recent Perry Township meeting which kind of helped him make up his mind.

“Based on the information I have read in the paper and from what I read in the township’s audit report, it seems like there are some financial issues that need to be addressed and I feel that my financial background and experience sitting on the school’s Audit/Finance committee would be beneficial as trustee,” he wrote.

Born and raised in Salem, Bailey has lived in the township most of his life in the unincorporated area, moving to the city for the past year. He holds the professional designation of Certified Financial Planner and owns Bailey Financial Planning in Salem. He’s also a majority owner of Sabatino Cabinet in Perry Township.

Besides the school board, he’s involved in the Salem Community Foundation, Rotary Club of Salem (President from July 2018 through June 2019), American Portfolios Advisor Council (based in Holbrook, New York) and formerly the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce Board and Salem Youth Soccer League Board. He’s a volunteer coach for Salem High School soccer.

He and his wife have two daughters and a son.

Bailey said it’s good for the school board to have some change and it’s the same for the township.

Haddad said the decision to not run again was a difficult one because her time on the board has been wonderful, but she has elderly parents in Georgia and a son and his family in Germany and she can’t make the four-year commitment right now.

“I just need flexibility right now,” she said.

She had been appointed to the board to fill a vacancy and then won election to the unexpired term, serving more than 3 1/2 years. Her hope is that she’ll be able to find another way to support the school district. She said now is the time for others to step up in Salem to serve on the board.

Moffett said being on the board has been a wonderful experience and a learning experience.

“I got to work with a lot of great people,” he said.

He’ll be completing a four-year term after winning election in 2015. He encouraged anyone considering a run for the school board to do it.

The filing deadline for nonpartisan candidates, which includes school board, is Aug. 7.