Cushing candidates' night March 5

Feb 26, 2013

Cushing — On Tuesday, March 5, at 7 p.m. in the Cushing Community Center at 39 Cross Road, residents are invited to gather for candidates' night.

This is a relaxed and open forum providing candidates and voters an opportunity to meet, to exchange ideas and answer questions, and engage in conversation pertaining to future town governance prior to the election at Cushing's upcoming annual town meeting.

Candidates competing for the selectman seat being vacated by Willard Payson are Martha Marchut and Randolph Robbins.

Marchut received her bachelor of the arts degree from Colby College, earned her masters degree in social work from Smith College, and her Post MSW Fellowship at Yale. She is recently retired from Mid-Coast Mental Health Center's position of chief clinical officer. Her career has spanned four years as an elementary school teacher, work as personnel consultant, licensed clinical social worker, and clinical instructor. Her volunteer work includes many years as secretary of the Cushing Historical Society, as well as serving on the board of directors of elderly housing and hospice volunteer at East Hartford Visiting Nurses Association before moving to Maine. Marchut has two married sons and two grandchildren.

Robbins is a graduate of Thomaston High School. His experiences include, years in the United States Air Force, training with radar electronics, education in medical and dental technology, and participation in Bible missions. He has worked for several small businesses in the Midcoast area, and has volunteered with the Friendship-Cushing food pantry. He is affiliated with the Grace Bible Fellowship in Rockland. He is a former Cushing selectman, having served from 2009-2011. Robbins is the father of one son and three daughters.

Brooke Harrington is running unopposed for a seat on the Cushing Budget Committee. Harrington began his architectural practice in Philadelphia in 1971 doing public and private work at many different scales. He taught architectural design and technologies at Temple University from 1980. While at Temple he served as a member of the budget review committee which reviewed budgets of the entire university and the Temple University Hospital to clarify their goals and initiatives, justifications for tuition increases, insurance costs, salary increases, maintenance costs and distributions of state appropriation allotments. He is currently a member of the Cushing Volunteer Fire Department and the Cushing Rescue Squad.

Alton Grover is running unopposed for his current selectman seat. Grover has been a selectman for many years and is very well known and respected in Cushing. Evelyn Kalloch is running unopposed for her seat on the Cushing Board of Assessors. Kalloch has served on this board for many years and is well known and respected in the area.

All are welcome at candidates' night. In case serious inclement weather forces cancellation, candidates' night will be rescheduled for Thursday, March 14, at 7 p.m., in the same location. For more information, please call Ann Aaron at 354-0735.

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