Gushee, McMullan seek Appleton Select Board seat

By Louis Bettcher | Jun 05, 2018

Appleton — Appleton residents Jason Gushee and Drew McMullan will be vying for an open seat on the Select Board for a term of two years. The two years is the remainder of Scott Wiley's term, following his resignation from the Board in March.

Gushee has served on the Board for the past six years, and McMullan is making is first foray into town politics.

Born in Appleton, Gushee has spent most of his working life in the area, with the exception years working construction in Alaska. In Maine, Gushee has worked in the forestry industry.

If he continues to serve on the Select Board, Gushee wants to focus on Appleton's infrastructure and working along with Town Forester Stephen Powers on plans to make the town's public forests more accessible. According to the town of Appleton website, there are eight parcels of land owned by the municipality which total 298 acres.

"We have some beautiful woods here in town, and I don't think a lot of people know where they are or how to access them. I'd like to have some better signs put up, and also get trails ready so that they can be used by more citizens," said Gushee.

Gushee said that he looks forward to working for citizens of Appleton in the future, and invites members of the public to speak with him about any questions or concerns they may have within the municipality.

After spending time in Maine throughout his life, Drew McMullan lived in Hope and moved to Appleton with his wife Grace four years ago. He works as Site and Facilities Manager at Alford Lake Camp.

McMullan said he has always had a passion for public service -- having served as a volunteer firefighter in New York, and taking an interest in local government upon returning to Maine. He describes his political philosophy as one which involves people putting aside differences in order to achieve success for the town and its people.

"This town is easily one of the best places to live in the state. It is our job to make [it] as accessible as possible, to encourage new growth and continued prosperity. I plan on bringing a renewed sense of pride to the town while cultivating a culture where the government treats its citizens with respect and fairness," said McMullan.

In addition to the two-year seat, there are two seats open on the Appleton Select Board for terms of three years. Incumbent Chairman John Fenner and Heather Wyman are running unopposed for these seats.

Voting takes place at the Appleton Town Hall on Tuesday, June 12 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Appleton Town Office is located at 2915 Sennebec Road.

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