2016-09-16 / Front Page

Local ballots set

By Wm. Duke Harrington
Staff Writer

SOUTH PORTLAND/CAPE ELIZABETH – Final deadlines have passed, petitions have been certified and residents will know who will appear on local ballots come November.

The most crowded race will be the contest for two atlarge seats on the South Portland City Council, with seven candidates qualifying for ballot access. With Mayor Tom Blake unable to run again after three consecutive terms, the charter mandated limit, the council is guaranteed at least one new face.

On the ballot are two familiar faces, incumbent Maxine Beecher and former councilor Michael Pock, a self-employed carpenter. His single council term was noteworthy in that he was the only one to vote against the Clear Skis Ordnance, which the city has since spent more than $500,000 to defend in court. Beecher, meanwhile, is known as a tireless promoter of the city’s comprehensive plan and implementation of its many recommendations.

Joining them is current school board member and former chairman, Rick Carter, a local retail manager, and James Gilboy, who also has served multiple terms on the school board. He resigned from the board last year, shortly before he was up for re-election, after his wife obtained a job in the school district.

Other candidates include E Street resident Susan Henderson, a past president of the Maine chapter of the American Nurses Association, and by former councilor and state legislator Louis Maietta Jr., along with Mussey Street resident Katherine Lewis.

Four candidates took out nomination papers but did not return then by the Monday evening deadline to run for office, including Ian Lucas, Ernest MacVane III, planning board member Isaac Misiuk and Kristen Dorsay Smith.

Hillside Avenue resident Otis Thompson qualified to run for the District 2 seat on the Board of Education and will run unopposed, after Michael Faulkingham failed to make the ballot.

The District 1 seat on the school board drew no candidates at all, however. That could place increased importance on the city council race, as councilors have the power, under city charter, to appoint a person to fill a vacant school board seat until the next regularly scheduled election.

In Cape Elizabeth, a pair of farmers are on the ballot for town council. With two seats up for grabs, incumbent Caitlin Jordan of Alewives Brook Farm will square off against Penelope Jordan of Jordan’s Family Farm. Also in the race is Wainwright Drive resident Shannon Auritt. Current council Chairman Molly MacAuslan didn’t run.

Meanwhile, there are two candidates for two open seats on the Cape Elizabeth Board of Education, including incumbent Susana Measelle Hubbs and newcomer Kimberly Carr of Rock Crest Drive.

Two candidates nights, sponsored by government students at Cape Elizabeth High School, are scheduled for candidates in that town, on Oct. 6 and 13 at town hall. Both will be broadcast on CETV.

No candidate debates are scheduled in South Portland, although the South Portland-Cape Elizabeth Community Chamber of Commerce has historically sponsored one forum during the campaign season.

All posts up for election in both towns are for three-year terms.

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