Collins, Gould look to unseat incumbents in Appleton
Appleton — With only two contested races in the town of Appleton, voters will be asked to decide who they feel is the best choice for the select board and road commissioner on June 10.
Incumbent Scott Wiley is being challenged by Christopher Collins for a 3-year term on the Board of Selectmen and David Gould is running against current road commissioner Curtis Starrett.
Collins said he feels it is time for some “new blood” in town politics and his connection to the schools and to the citizens of Appleton make him a good choice for the select board.
“I have lived in town for a long time, my daughter goes to school in Appleton and my family has a vested interest in the direction we as residents take our town,” he said.
Collins wants to tackle the local budget, as well as offer assistance to the local school board is settling its budget woes.
“I feel that the school budget is one of the top issues we, as residents of Appleton, have to face. If voted for, I look forward to serving the town, its people and give a different perspective on any current issues," Collins said.
Phone messages left for Wiley seeking comment were not returned by press time.
Starrett, running for road commissioner, said he feels he still has plenty left to offer the town and its residents. The connections he has made with the Department of Transportation and the other road commissioners in the area makes him best fit for the job, he said.
“I am running again because I enjoy working with, and for, the people of Appleton as well as the challenges and responsibilities that come with the job,” Starrett said. “Budgets are always an issue and I have and will, if re-elected, continue to look for the most efficient ways to get the work done with the funds that are available.”
He added, “With that in mind I have been working with the DOT and the Maine Local Roads Center on the most cost effective and efficient ways to maintain and improve Appleton roads. We’ve made good progress and I would like the chance to continue to make a difference.”
Attempts to reach Gould for comment were not successful.
Running for 3-year terms on the Planning Board, incumbent David Kelley and associate member Riley Fenner both look to serve Appleton by filling the two available seats.
Deborah Keiran and James McBrian are both running unopposed for 3-year terms on the Appleton Village School and Five Town CSD boards, respectively.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Christopher Collins is a distant relative of reporter Dwight Collins.