2 incumbents, 2 newcomers win Cape Elizabeth council, School Board elections

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CAPE ELIZABETH — Two incumbents and two newcomers were elected Tuesday to four seats on the Town Council and School Board.

Martha “Molly” MacAuslan was elected to her first term on the Town Council with 1,448 votes, according to unofficial results Tuesday night. She received the most votes of the three council candidates.

Caitlin Jordan was elected to a second term on the council with 1,352 votes. She barely defeated a third candidate, Imad Khalidi, who received 1,324 votes.

In the School Board race, incumbent Michael Moore was re-elected with 1,441 votes. He will be joined on the board by first-time member Susana Measelle Hubbs, who received 1,275 votes. William Gross, who received 1,188 votes, fell short in his first campaign for a seat on the board.

The town had a voter turnout of approximately 32 percent, Town Clerk Debra Lane reported.

For the Town Council, the renovation of Thomas Memorial Library sits atop a list of pending projects that also includes the 2013 Draft Greenbelt Plan.

MacAuslan, 54, grew up in Naples. She worked as the director of facilities for Cole Haan for five years before starting her own real estate consulting business in 1995. MacAuslan owns and manages several local properties, is a Thomas Memorial Library trustee, and chairwoman of the Library Planning Committee.

“I’m new to politics, so I’m a little nervous about what’s coming next, but I’m really looking forward to rolling up my sleeves and getting busy,” MacAuslan said. “There are a lot of library supporters in town, so I’m sure they were pleased to see that I was running.”

Last November, voters overwhelmingly rejected a proposed $6 million library bond. The Library Planning Committee last week released details on a proposal for a more modest, $3.9 million renovation.

“I also think there are a number of folks in town who were concerned about the price tag on the earlier project,” MacAuslan said, “and I hope they’ll look at this one more favorably and value the hard work that the committee has done.”

Jordan, 30, a Cape Elizabeth native, is a farmer at Alewive’s Brook Farm and a lawyer with her own practice.

“It’s nice to be re-elected,” Jordan said. “I look forward to another three years of trying to get some things accomplished.

“I’m really looking forward to seeing how the library project develops over the next few years,” she continued. “We’re obviously going to need to move forward and start working on that, putting a building committee together and seeing what we can do.”

Moore, 42, is a vice president at Bigelow Investment Advisors in Portland. He has lived in Cape Elizabeth for nearly a decade and has three young children.

“There’s good energy and momentum at the schools,” Moore said. “There’s been a lot of hard work by a lot of different people over the last three years. A couple key pieces I’m looking forward to being involved with are finalizing the strategic plan, which will provide more of a detailed road map for the goals we want to accomplish in the next five years, and the capital stewardship plan.

“I think most voters are looking for a balanced approach that considers that there are different stakeholders and points of view, but at the same time be willing to tackle the tough issues and listen to what people have to say.”

Hubbs, 46, is a volunteer art teacher at the Appletree preschool and a member of the Cape Elizabeth Democratic Committee. A practicing artist, she has lived in Cape Elizabeth for eight years and has three school-aged children.

“I’m very proud of the turnout for Cape Elizabeth,” Hubbs said. “It’s a great little town. I can’t wait to get started. I think everybody’s excited about the direction the School Board is going.”

All of the elected positions are for three-year terms.

Brendan Twist can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 123 or btwist@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @brendantwist.

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