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Selectman candidates both have records of service to town

By Sarah E. Reynolds | Dec 01, 2020
Jason Trundy, left, and Jordan Barnett-Parker are vying to fill out the remainder of David Barrows' term on the Board of Selectmen.

Lincolnville — Two candidates are running to fill the seat on the Board of Selectmen left vacant when David Barrows died in a tractor accident Sept. 13. The remainder of Barrows' term is about 18 months, expiring in June 2022.

Jordan Barnett-Parker and Jason Trundy will vie for the seat in an election set for Dec. 15.

Jordan Barnett-Parker moved to Lincolnville with his family when he was 10 and grew up in town, married his wrestling coach's daughter, then left for a time. He returned in 2013 to open a business, Jordan Adam Designs, which he described as "a metal-working studio with a focus on jewelry."

He ran for the Budget Committee because he wanted to learn more about how the town works, he said. He also serves on the Broadband Committee, which is connected to one of the reasons he is running for selectman. The town does not have reliable internet service, he said, which he believes is essential, both for the town's many small, home-based businesses and for schoolchildren who are doing much of their learning from home amid the coronavirus restrictions.

"Not having a reliable internet connection is like a death sentence, especially if you're a business," he said, and added that Lincolnville has poor cell reception as well.

Barnett-Parker thinks now is "the right time for a little bit of action," both on bringing reliable broadband service to town and on bringing the comprehensive plan up to date. He noted that the last update was in 2006, and much has changed since then.

In addition, he would like to see the Board of Selectmen be more flexible in order to respond more quickly to the needs of residents, many of whom are struggling as a result of the pandemic with job losses, child care needs and other concerns they did not have at the beginning of the year.

He said he would bring to the board an open mind and a desire to hear the views of all parties, along with a willingness to take action to solve problems. "It's really important to me to act on behalf of my neighbors."

Jason Trundy is chief deputy in the Waldo County Sheriff's Office. He is also on the boards of Belfast Rotary and The Game Loft, and has been a Lincolnville selectman before, serving two terms from 2009 to 2015. He said he left the board because when his second term expired, Jeff Trafton had won his first term as sheriff, and had asked Trundy to be his chief deputy. In order to devote himself to learning the job, he decided not to run for a third term as a selectman.

Trundy served with Barrows for part of the time he was on the board, and he said that after Barrows' death, people in town asked him to run to fill out the rest of his term. After talking it over with his wife, he decided to run to provide continuity to the town, he said. He noted that he knows most of the other selectmen, and has served previously with some of them, including Chair Ladleah Dunn.

Trundy said he was not sure whether he would seek a full term after filling out Barrows' term, if he's elected. When Barrows' term expires in June 2022, he said, Trafton will be preparing to end his time as sheriff, and Trundy plans to run for that office.

His top concern is to keep taxes down as much as possible, he said, especially because many people are unemployed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, or have had to give up jobs to stay home with children who are not attending school in person. Trundy, who has lived in Lincolnville since 1999, said it was important to "make sure we're being responsible and smart about how we're spending money and what we ask for."

He said his prior service on the board had made him familiar not only with the other members, but also with the Town Office staff and its processes. He said his earlier work as a selectman was an indication to voters of how he would perform if he is elected again.

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