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Three vie for Appleton Select Board seats

By Daniel Dunkle | May 03, 2021
Seeking the Select Board seats are, from left, Marci Moody Blakely, Scott Esancy and Incumbent Chair John Fenner.

Appleton — Three residents are running for two seats on the Appleton Select Board in the June 8 town meeting election.

Seeking the seats are Marci Moody Blakely, Scott Esancy and Incumbent Chair John Fenner.

“I am running for select board to facilitate and support positive and responsible change for the community I live in and love,” said Blakely, a lifelong resident of the town. “My primary focus is on appropriate planning and maintenance for our town roads, particularly when battling the spring mud season.”

Blakely works as a correctional compliance program specialist supporting the Deputy Warden of Operations at Maine State Prison. She has previously served on the board of trustees for the Appleton Library.

Esancy said this would be his first time seeking an elected position. “Appleton is a great place to live. An opportunity to serve on the select board would be an honor,” he said.

He has made a career in boatbuilding and repair working at Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding in Thomaston for many years.

“I have served my country as a member of the U.S. Navy Submarine Force and my community as an assistant coach for the Appleton Little League,” he added.

Asked his priorities, he said, “The wellbeing of our citizens, our school, fire department, roads, and all of the support facilities that keep our town on course are all very important. Maintaining our identity as a small, rural town in Midcoast Maine is also very important to me.”

Fenner said he would like to continue to serve the town, saying he finds it rewarding.

Fenner is semi-retired, having run Snow Hill Garage. He has been on the Select Board for five years and previously served on the school board as chair and on the CSD board.

His priorities include, “Trying to keep control of taxes and not let them get too excessive.”

He is looking forward to eventually going back to the traditional town meeting, he said, though for this year all the voting will be by secret ballot again due to the pandemic.

He has lived in Appleton since 1974.

According to the town website, the two select board seats up for election this year are held by Fenner and Danielle Gould, who is not running for reelection.

A public hearing for items that will be voted on at town meeting has been set for May 27, 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. Visit the town website at for more info.

The town meeting is June 8 with polls open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Appleton Fire Station, 2899 Sennebec Rd.

There are two Appleton Village School Board seats open and two candidates: Elizabeth Grierson and Stephen Wadsworth.

There is one seat on the Five Town CSD School Board, but no candidates returned papers for that position.

There are two Regular Planning Board Member positions and two Associate Planning Board Member positions available, but no candidates.

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