Collamore, Minzy re-elected in Waldoboro

By Beth A. Birmingham | Jun 13, 2017
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham Jann Minzy, front, and Clinton Collarmore are re-elected to the Waldoboro Board of Selectmen.

Waldoboro — Incumbents Clinton Collamore and Jann Minzy were re-elected to the Waldoboro Board of Selectmen at the town's referendum town meeting June 13.

Collamore received 442 votes and Minzy garnered 407, compared to their opponents, Jeremey Miller with 216, Melvin Williams with 150, and Seth Hall with 129.

The five candidates participated in a Meet the Candidates Night May 30 with about 45 residents turning out.

Candidates answered questions regarding broadband, attracting businesses, recreational marijuana, and the former Sylvania site, as well as giving insight into what they individually felt are the most pressing issues for the town.

Below are excerpts and a glimpse into the winning candidates' views:

Clinton Collamore

A lifetime resident and commercial fisherman, Collamore is running to "continue the process of creating a good relationship within our community ...  which we desperately need."

"There are a lot of issues," Collamore said, "but most pressing for me is maintaining our largest employer -- being the Medomak River."

He said commercial fishermen not only need the river to provide for their families, but they also spend a lot of money in the community. He said through the Waldoboro Shellfish Committee's relationship with the Department of Marine Resources, as well as the support from the community, the river continues to thrive.

Bringing broadband to Waldoboro is key, Collamore said, especially for those who need to listen to marine weather via the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

"I think everyone should have access, and it's hard to believe there are still people who don't in Waldoboro," he said.

Collamore praised the Telecommunications Committee for its active research on the topic and looking into a ConnectME grant.

He said no matter what is decided, educating the public is a must.

On bringing new business to town, Collamore said he would like to see a working waterfront with possibly a trap-building shop, a fishermen's co-op, and a place to eat out at the Pine Street Landing.

Collamore is against the sale and distribution of recreational marijuana in the town. He mentioned the formation of a committee to address citizens' concerns on the topic and hopes the public will have its say by November. "It's not over yet," he said.

As chairman of the Sylvania Task Force, Collamore said there are a lot of issues there and all of the details are not yet known. He said as the facility is so close to the river, he does not feel exploring those unknowns would be in the best interests of the town.

Collamore said the possibility of a park or a solar facility on the site has been discussed, and added that the Task Force meetings have proven to be very educational.

In summary, Collamore said, "I love our community and its people, and if elected I will continue to devote myself to making this an even better community. That is what I do."

Jann Minzy

Not growing up in Waldoboro, Minzy said, is neither good nor bad -- "it just is."

She grew up in a Navy family, moving across the country numerous times, and attending 12 different schools, eventually ending up in Brunswick, which she calls home.

"I came to Waldoboro in 1974 and set down roots, something I’d never been able to do, and 43 years later ... my roots run deep," Minzy said.

A mother of many and a grandmother of more, she has spent her life teaching children and adults, and said she has learned a lot.

Minzy said serving on the board for the past three years has been a real privilege and she is running again because the board is well balanced and "can only help facilitate moving in a positive direction."

A collaboration between broadening the tax base and knowing what businesses fit in Waldoboro is a focus Minzy spoke about.

"And then there's communication. Communication is an umbrella issue that will help smooth progress as we make decisions and all the while, work at becoming a 'community,'" she said.

She listed the Medomak River, the diverse population, and the vast landscape as being the town's biggest assets, and shared her vision of a possible food vendor along the river that would sell the various products harvested there, as well as a more recreational appeal to the town landing.

"I think we need to look at the what, the why, and the how," Minzy said, "and having broadband in town opens the door. It certainly levels the playing field."

As an educator, Minzy said, it is a must that all students have access to high-speed internet, and branding the town as a good place for families to live and work is a big boon for the town.

As for bringing new businesses to town, Minzy said her philosophy is to "look for the good and build on that." She mentioned the art walks that bring people to town, and said she wants to make Waldoboro a destination town.

"A wise woman once said to have a successful town you need to have a bookstore, a bakery and a bar," Minzy said, and she noted some are already in place and others are in the works.

Minzy said of recreational marijuana "There are options within the law. We need to see where the community stands on the issue before we can make any decisions."

A solar farm is what she envisions for the future of the former Sylvania site, but she said further investigation needs to take place to better understand what can be done with it.

With one term under her belt, Minzy believes she has a foundation built.

"I have background on the issues from the inside and the outside," she said. "When I walk into a room, my worldview is to see the good. I plan with a 'yes,' and I look at what works. I see the good and want to build on that," Minzy said.

Full results of the Waldoboro Referendum Town Meeting will be published later.

Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at bbirmingham@villagesoup.com.

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