Crystal Buchaluk was elected to the Indian Trail Town Council in November of 2021 for a two-year term to fill the remaining term of Council Member Shirley Howe. She was reelected to a four-year term in November of 2023. She was also named the primary delegate for the Centralina Regional Council at the Dec. 12, 2023, Town Council Meeting.
Council Member Buchaluk chose to run for a council seat because she thought it would be a great opportunity to be a voice for the people and bring a different perspective to the Town Council. During her tenure, she would like to help bring more jobs to the community by increasing the number of light industrial businesses while curbing some of the high-density growth. She is also eager to begin creating a real downtown location for Indian Trail where residents and visitors can come together to shop, dine and enjoy entertainment.
In addition to serving on the Town Council, Council Member Buchaluk is heavily involved in the Indian Trail community. She organizes annual Adopt-A-Cop events, supports Cindy’s Hope Chest, and prepares dinners for the VFW. She is a local coordinator with Education Travel Culture and helps place international exchange students with families in the area. It’s a volunteer position she loves as she gets to learn about different cultures while teaching students about ours. Council Member Buchaluk also serves as a mentor to local teenagers and believes that when it comes to community service, there is something that everyone will enjoy and can get involved in. As a Council Member and through her community service, she hopes to understand what residents need and what they want from the Town.
Council Member Buchaluk received her associate's degree from Central Piedmont Community College and her Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Queens University. She is a bakery manager at Nothing Bundt Cakes and the Marketing Manager for Arcavate Corporation.
Council Member Buchaluk is a native of Columbia, South Carolina, but moved to North Carolina when she was 12. She and her daughter have lived in Indian Trail since 2016.