2 contests in Casco Bay Lines board elections

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PORTLAND — Residents of Peaks and Cliff islands in Casco Bay will fill out larger ballots Nov. 4 than their mainland counterparts, with four seats on the Casco Bay Lines Board of Directors up for election.

Races for only two seats on the ferry service board are contested.

Incumbent Patrick Flynn faces a challenge from Sidney Gerard for one, three-year term representing Peaks. Flynn is a resident of 13 Centennial St.; Gerard lives at 51 Prince Ave.

An at-large, two-seat held by Norman “Mac” McKone of 25 Wharf Road, Cliff Island, is being contested by Peaks Island residents Charles Burr and Mark Hall.

Burr, who lives at 15 Epps St., ran unsuccessfully last year for the at-large seat won by A.J. Alves. Alves died shortly after the election and was replaced on an interim basis by McKone. Hall is a resident of 108 Herman Ave.

Also on the ballot are two seats with three-year terms to represent Little and Great Diamond islands. Incumbents Scott Johnston, of 1 Strawberry Lane in North Yarmouth, and Roger Robinson, of 159 Crescent Ave on Great Diamond Island, are unopposed for re-election.

The 12-member board, which includes District 1 City Councilor Kevin Donoghue and Sue Moreau of the Maine Department of Transportation, was established by the state Legislature in 1981. Representatives from Cliff, Long and Chebeague islands also serve on the board.

The board oversees operations handled on a daily basis by Casco Bay Lines General Manager Hank Berg, as part of the quasi-municipal Casco Bay Island Transit District. Casco Bay Lines operates a fleet of five vessels.

David Harry can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 110 or dharry@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @DavidHarry8.

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Portland City Hall reporter for The Forecaster. Baltimore native, lived in Maine since 1989. A journalist since 2005, covering much of Cumberland and York counties. I joined The Forecaster in 2012.