2012-08-24 / Community

Nomination papers ready for Cape and South Portland

By Jack Flagler
Staff Writer

Nomination papers are available for seats on the board of education and council in both South Portland and Cape Elizabeth.

Elections for the positions will be held Tuesday, Nov. 6. Polls will open on Election Day at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. Papers are available at the city clerk’s office in South Portland and the town clerk’s office in Cape Elizabeth.

In South Portland, city council seats are available in District 3 and District 4. Currently, the District 3 seat is held by Councilor Rosemarie De Angelis. The District 4 seat is held by Councilor Maxine Beecher, who will not run for reelection because she has served the maximum of three consecutive terms.

A third seat on the South Portland City Council may become available after November as well. Councilor Tom Coward, who represents Disctrict 1, is on the ballot this fall for a spot as a Cumberland County commissioner.

Coward won a close primary race over fellow Democrat Boyd Marley. He is unopposed on the November ballot. Unless a write-in candidate defeats him, a special election will be held for Coward’s council seat sometime after the election. Assistant City Clerk Karen Morrill said the city has not set the date of that potential special election.

Board of education seats are open in South Portland in Districts 3, 4 and 5. Those seats are currently held by Richard Matthews, James Gilboy and Tappen Fitzgerald. All city council and school board terms are for three years.

Three positions are open on the Cape Elizabeth Town Council, all of which are three-year terms that expire in December 2015. Those seats are currently held by Chairman Sara Lennon and councilors Jessica Sullivan and James Walsh.

Three positions on the Cape Elizabeth School Board are also available. Those positions are currently held by John Christie, David Hillman and Mary Williams-Hewitt.

Candidates for city council or school board positions in South Portland need to gather between 100 and 300 signatures to appear on the ballot this fall. In Cape Elizabeth, candidates need signatures from between 25 and 100 registered voters

Cape Elizabeth candidates must be registered voters in the town and residency is required during their term of office. South Portland candidates must be residents in the district they run to represent.

Nomination papers can be returned to the South Portland city clerk no earlier than 8 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 27. The deadline to return papers is 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 10. Cape Elizabeth papers can be returned to the town clerk any time before Friday, Sept. 7.

For more information, interested candidates in Cape Elizabeth can contact Cape Elizabeth Town Clerk Debra Lane at 799-7665 or debra.lane@capeelizabeth.org. Those who plan to run for a South Portland seat can contact the city clerk’s office at 767- 7601.

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