UNION — Five Union residents took out nomination papers for the June 14 election. Two residents took out multiple nomination papers.

Michael Beardsley took out papers for a 2-year and a 3-year seat on the Select Board.

Linda Waltz-Mountainland took out nomination papers for a 2-year seat on the select board and a 3-year seat on the Regional School Unit 40 Board of Directors.

Martha Johnston-Nash, the incumbent for the 2-year seat on the Select Board, also took out nomination papers for the position.

Wayne C. Kirkpatrick also took out papers for the 2 -year position on the board.

Erik Amundsen, the incumbent for the Board of Directors, took out nomination papers as well.

Town Clerk Stacey Parra said it is preferable if Beardsley and Waltz-Mountainland return only one set of completed nomination papers for the election.

While they can run for both positions, they can only hold one. If either won both positions, Parra said they would need to resign from one, and the town may hold a special election.

Richard Flewelling of Maine Municipal Association confirmed this.

”The short answer to your question is yes, a candidate may take out and submit nomination papers for two offices that cannot legally be held by that person at the same time,” Flewelling said.

A February 2011 legal note from the Maine Municipal Association monthly magazine also addresses this issue.

“If the candidate insists on filing both, our advice is that the clerk should accept both, as there is no clear statutory authority to do otherwise,” the note reads.

“The clerk should also point out that, if she is elected to both offices, this could result in substantial inconvenience and expense…” it advises. “This may be sufficient to dissuade her from filing both sets of papers.”

The note also indicates there is a process for filing objections to someone running for two positions.

Three positions are available for the June election. A 3-year seat on the RSU 40 Board of Directors and a 2-year and 3-year seat on the Union Select Board.

Josh White is the incumbent for the 3-year position on the Select Board.

The deadline for filing nomination papers is Thursday, April 14. The papers became available Monday, March 7.

The election is June 14, with polls open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Annual Town Meeting is Tuesday, June 21 at 7 p.m.

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