3 candidates seek Cumberland at-large council seat

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CUMBERLAND — Three candidates will be on the June 14 Town Council ballot hoping to succeed Councilor Jeff Porter.

Sally Leavitt of Morgan Lane, Michael Edes of Edes Road and Thomas Gruber of Foreside Road all turned in nomination papers by Monday for the at-large seat being vacated by Porter.

Edes is a sergeant with the Maine State Police. Gruber serves on the Planning Board, and will have to step down from the board if he is elected, Town Clerk Tammy O’Donnell said Tuesday.

Leavitt ran for the council last year against Councilors Steve Moriarty and Mike Perfetti. Moriarty and Perfetti retained their seats, and Leavitt trailed Perfetti by 62 votes.

William Stiles is running uncontested for his Cumberland Center council seat. Also uncontested are Robert Vail and William Richards for their seats on the School Administrative District 51 Board of Directors, and incumbent William Lunt III of Falmouth for the Portland Water District Board of Trustees.

Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or alear@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @learics.

A Maine native and Colby College graduate, Alex has been covering coastal communities since 2001, and currently handles Bath, Topsham, Cumberland, and North Yarmouth. He and his wife, Lauren, live in the Portland area, and Alex recently released his third album of original music.