Julia Libby has thought about running for office as a Lincolnville selectman off and on over the years, and has been asked several times to pursue a seat.

This spring, she decided it was time.

“I care about my town and thought it would be interesting to learn,” she said.

Libby is running for one of two open seats on the Lincolnville Board of Selectmen, along with Robert Plausse and Dave Barrows. Incumbent Plausse is seeking reelection; the other seat is being vacated by Selectman Cathy Hardy.

Libby was born in Lincolnville, where she raised her three children, all now grown. Four of her grandchildren live in Lincolnville. She works in Camden as office manager, as she has for the past 33 years, for the law firm Harmon Jones and Sanford, overlooking the harbor. She is also interim director of Camden First Aid Association, where she has also been an emergency medical technician for the past 28 years.

“I plan on going in with an open mind and listen to the residents and powers that be,” she said. “I’m going to learn my way around.”

Libby agrees that town office staff needs more space, and supports the idea of relocating and building a new town office.

The idea of expanding, and possibly building, a new town office has been percolating for several years. The existing building is too small and unable to meet building and compliance codes, according to a Municipal Buildings Committee report. Expansion of the town office, on Route 235, had been discussed in depth in 2008, but with a recession and skeptical town sentiment, the selectmen voted not to place a town office expansion proposal before voters. The project in 2008 was estimated to cost $522,188, and the selectmen opposed placing more fiscal strain on taxpayers.

In March 2010, the selectmen agreed to ask the committee to turn attention back to the town office, given lower interest rates and construction costs.

Libby supports the police department as it is currently configured.

“Being on ambulance, you get to go on some not-so-always-pleasant experiences, not always safe,” she said. “To have a police department to respond and not wait a long period of time makes it safer for all of us. I certainly do not want to go to a domestic without law enforcement back-up.”

She has seen an increase in the number of domestic violence related calls over the past years, and attributes it to the growing prevalence of drugs and alcohol use.

“I just want to take care of the town and its residents, and keep the expenses down as much as possible,” she said.

Libby is past president, and current vice president, of Camden District Nursing Association. She has served on the Anita Card Montgomery Foundation, which was established to help residents of Camden, Hope, Lincolnville and Rockport with medical expenses.

She supports leasing the old Center Fire Station to the Lincolnville Community Alliance. The fire station has been vacated by the Lincolnville Fire Department, which relocated to the new station on Route 52. The former fire station and old school house are part of a proposal by the Alliance to lease the space for a variety of entrepreneurial and community purposes.

In 2008, voters granted the selectmen authority to sell the property. In 2010, residents initiated talks about the future of the old school, which educated students from the early 19th century through 1947. The fire station and school house sit side by side in Lincolnville Center, across from the vacant lot that was once the Dean and Eugley store and garage. In March, Alliance members, including farmers, business owners, writers and artists, introduced ideas, all designed to revitalize Lincolnville Center.

“I think it is wonderful,” she said. “It is a great idea and I hope it can work for them.”