Polls are open March 15 in Friendship and Cushing.

In Friendship, incumbent Selectman Earl Bachelder is seeking re-election. Running against him for the three-year term is Timothy McLaughlin.

Victor Motyka is running for assessor. Mary Genthner is running for school board.

The town meeting will be held Tuesday, March 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Hahn Community Center.

In Friendship, townspeople will also decide whether to purchase a new or used snowplow truck. Article 7 on the ballot asks if voters will authorize selectmen to borrow up to $150,000 for the vehicle and raise and appropriate $32,653 for the first annual payment.

Cushing

The town election is being held Monday, March 15 from 2 to 8 p.m. at the Cushing Community Center.

Selectmen Robert Stackpole Jr. and Alton Grover are running uncontested races for re-election this year. Evelyn Kalloch is running an uncontested race for assessor.

John David Farmer is running for re-election to the budget committee. Another budget committee seat is up for election, but no candidate has come forward to run. The town may elect a member through write-in votes.

Two citizen initiatives are also on the ballot this year.

One of the ballot questions is as follows: “Shall the town vote to reduce the number of selectmen from five to three and to be accomplished by the removal of seat number four and seat number five at the annual town meeting of the year 2011?”

The other ballot question reads: “Shall the town vote to raise or appropriate $6,200 for the purchase of a front end loader for the purpose of loading sand on town trucks in an attempt to save $15,000 in a five-year period?”

The town meeting will be held Tuesday, March 16 at 7 p.m. at the Cushing Community Center.