Doris Vertz, who has extensive experience in the health care field, is basing her campaign for selectman on conservative values and principles.

Vertz is running against Lyle Cramer for one of two selectman seats that are up for election this year in Union. The seat is presently held by Jonathan Powers, who is not seeking re-election.

Vertz said in a letter to the editor she “wants to bring a new perspective to the issues facing her community based on solid conservative values and principles: smaller government, lower energy costs, reduced spending, economic stability to encourage small businesses, lower health care costs, reform of welfare and social programs plus fiscal responsibility.”

She said she attends Tea Party meetings and is a Republican. However, she argued that she does not necessarily vote a party line. She is conservative and believes in voting for the best candidate regardless of party.

In a letter to the newspaper, she addressed some of her opponent’s ideas.

“Mr. Cramer stated he would institute a second reading policy which would work in the ideal world,” she wrote. “However, we do not live in that type of world and need to meet the necessities that are important to the residents of the town on a timely basis. Some policies can be delayed forever, it seems, and some need to be acted on quickly. Public input is so important before critical decisions are made, and by electing the right person to serve on the select board, there will be no need for a ‘second read’ on decisions. As your selectwoman, the residents of Union can be sure that they will have a strong voice in the decisions that affect them.”

Vertz also responded to Cramer’s hope of updating town ordinances to prepare for someone proposing a methadone clinic, topless dancing establishment or other controversial business. She noted that the town’s land use ordinance includes pharmacy/sole source operations and methadone clinics.

“Each type of business that seeks to be established in the town of Union must have approval of the Board of Selectmen, planning board, town manager and the code enforcement officer,” she wrote. “These are the checks and balances that would accommodate the town’s growth and development for future planning. Union’s Land Use Ordinance Review Committee has been very active over the past few years and we are very fortunate to have such dedicated committee members.”

“I belong to the Union Tea Party and opposed the $1 million bond issue for paving roads,” she wrote, addressing another issue raised by her opponent. “Municipal spending must be backed by municipal funds. Spending must equal income. The current budget for paving/road construction is $222,600 with an extra $75,000 from fund balance (Article 26 and 41 in the town warrant). With this budget amount, three miles of road could be paved per year. Union has numerous dirt roads and that’s the reality of the situation. In my door-to-door campaigning, some residents like living on a dirt road, asking to keep the roads graded, which is doable. The preferred solution to paving the roads in Union is to follow a sound short- and long-range plan based on a fiscally responsible operating budget.”

Vertz said she is a political newcomer. She said she will listen more than she talks while she learns about the job.

She attends meetings of both the school board and selectmen.

She has lived in Union for more than six years. She moved to Maine from Massachusetts in 1997. She is retired now, but has worked in both acute care and long-term care settings as a registered nurse and administrator.

“She founded her own company in Massachusetts, DBT Associates, an accredited nursing consulting firm,” her letter notes. She has also served as a clinical nursing instructor at Elms College in Chicopee, Mass.

“Doris feels that her previous professional experience in health care management has allowed her to define conflicts, develop alternatives and implement solutions through a participative/team approach to problem solving,” she wrote.

“Doris started her nursing career as a graduate from the diploma program at the Medical Center of Western Mass., now known as Baystate Medical Center in Springfield,” she wrote. “She went on to earn her bachelor’s degree in nursing from American International College in Springfield. Doris earned her master’s degree in nursing at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, Conn. She finished her course work for her Ph.D. in higher educational administration at UConn, but has not completed her thesis and dissertation.”

The candidate is a member of the Rockland Rotary, serving as the program coordinator. She is also a member of the South Hope Community Church and belongs to the church Missions Committee.

The election will be held June 14 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the town office. Town meeting will be held 7 p.m. June 20 at the town office.