Kurt Semon - Schenectady County Legislator - District 3
Kurt Semon is raising his family in Glenville, teaches at the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake HS and he is an active community volunteer. Kurt decided to run for County Legislature when he realized the incumbent office holders were disconnected from the community. Kurt understands the issues that are important to Glenville, Niskayuna and Scotia and has a plan to address them.
Kurt served 9 years in the US Navy during the Cold War on board a fast attack submarine. He then worked in heavy industry, first as an Electrical Department Supervisor at a cement plant and later in operations and maintenance associated with gas & steam turbine power generation. Kurt understands what it is like to be laid off; he lost his job just before his wedding in 1993. He saw this as an opportunity to reinvent his career and attended several colleges earning four degrees; AS, BA, MA in History and MA in Teaching. Kurt has been teaching history and government since 1998.
Kurt is a very active volunteer in our community. He is a member of the Mayfair-Glenville VFW Post 4660 and in addition to being a veteran who helps veterans, he chairs to VFW Voice of Democracy student essay contest program. He also assists with the Boys and Girls State student government programs with his American Legion Post 1817. Kurt also volunteered for the Town of Glenville for 10 years now starting with service on the Environmental Conservation Commission. For the past several years Kurt has played an important role reviewing projects for the Town as a member of the Planning and Zoning Commission.
Kurt served as a Town Councilman earlier in a neighboring town that had no general town tax. The Sales Tax collected by and fairly shared by the County paid for most town services. Kurt hopes to bring that same culture of partnership between towns, village and county to the Schenectady County Legislature. Glenville, Niskayuna and Scotia developed their communities to earn sales tax and now it is time that the County fairly shares that tax revenue with them.