Municipal, school races take shape
With June elections right around the corner and the window for returning nomination papers closed, local towns can now begin to assemble ballots to fill open seats on their various municipal and school boards.
In Camden, Donald White and James Heard each are running unopposed for two 3-year terms on the Select Board, while David Miramant is the only person to return nomination papers for a three-year term on the town’s Personnel Board.
Matthew Dailey and Tanya Kristin Collins have both returned nomination papers for two 3-year terms on Five Town Community School District school board, while Lynda Chilton is the only candidate for a 1-year term on the School Administrative District 28 board.
Seven residents of Rockport filed paperwork with the town with intentions of gaining -- or regaining -- seats on the Select Board, library and budget committees and the school board.
Current selectmen William Chapman and Geoffrey Parker are looking to return to the Select Board for 3-year terms and Thomas Murphy is running uncontested for a seat on the budget committee. Francis Hodgkins and Michelle Gabrielsen are running for two of the three available seats on the library committee, while Stephanie Lash seeks a 1-year seat. Long-time teacher at Camden-Rockport and Camden Hills Regional high school, Faith Vautour is running for a 3-year term on the school board.
Six residents of Hope took out papers for seats on the Select Board: Wendy Pelletier, Brittany Payson, David Bosken, Jason Hall, James Blanchette and Ryan Entwistle. There are two 3-year terms up for grabs; at press time Payson and Bosken were the only ones who had returned papers. Bill Jones, Joe Berry and Jean Ettlinger are running for three 3-year terms on the budget committee and Kate Ryan is running unopposed for a 1-year stint on the school board. Current Road Commissioner John Monroe is running for re-election against newcomer Dan Ford.
In Appleton, incumbent Scott Wiley is being challenged by Christopher Collins for a 3-year term on the Board of Selectmen. With two 3-year terms available on the Planning Board, incumbent David Kelley and associate member Riley Fenner look to serve Appleton for another three years. David Gould and incumbent Curtis Starrett are both running for Road Commissioner. Deborah Keiran and James McBrian are both running unopposed for 3-year terms on the Appleton Village School and Five Town CSD boards, respectively.
In Lincolnville, Arthur Durity and Cathy Hardy are running for two available 3-year terms on the Select Board, replacing Julia Libby and David Barrows whose terms are due to expire. Rebecca Stephens has taken out and returned papers to run for one of the two 3-year terms on the Lincolnville Central School Committee. The ballot will also reflect one, 1-year term to replace Michael Cummons, who is set to resign June 30. Kelly Gould is running for a 2-year term on the Five Town CSD school board and Dorothy-Ann Lanphear is running for one of three 3-year terms on the town’s budget committee.
Election day is slated for Tuesday, June 10, in all five towns.
Dwight Collins is a reporter/photographer for The Camden Herald.
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