Ballot takes shape for Brunswick council, School Board elections

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BRUNSWICK — Familiar names will be on the ballot in November’s School Board and Town Council elections. Many candidates are seeking re-election, and most have previously served in town government.

District 5, District 7, and an at-large seat on each body are up for election and, as of Tuesday, only two of the races will be contested.

Three candidates have taken out papers for at-large councilor: Councilor Benet Pols, Byron Watson and William Dana. Only Pols returned papers by Tuesday, but Watson and Dana said they intended to do so by the 4:30 p.m. deadline on Friday, Sept. 9.

Pols, who now represents District 7, is seeking his second term on the council. Before becoming councilor he served on the Planning Board and the Conservation Committee. He also sat on Bath’s Zoning Board of Appeals from 2001 to 2004.

Watson, son of current District 1 Councilor David Watson, is seeking his first term on the council. He served one term on the School Board from 2007-2010, including a stint as chairman, but was removed from the chairmanship in March 2010 because of what many board members believed was an inappropriate communication with then-House Speaker Hannah Pingree, D-North Haven. Watson ran unsuccessfully for the board last fall and previously served on the Old Brunswick High School Farewell Committee.

Dana is also looking to make the jump from School Board to Town Council. He served on the School Board from 2000 to 2008, including three years as chairman. This will be his first bid for town council.

Current District 5 Councilor Gerald Favreau has taken out nomination papers for re-election. He will be seeking his third term on the council and, as of Tuesday, was unopposed.

In District 7, first-time candidate Sarah Brayman is also likely to be unopposed. She served on the Police Station Subcommittee, but has also been a member of the Maine Street Station Implementation Committee.

At-large School Board incumbent Jack Jones is being challenged by William Thompson. Thompson has never previously sought elected office, although he served on the Curriculum Steering Committee in the late 1990s.

Both incumbents for the School Board in District 5 and District 7 are unopposed.

Michele Joyce is seeking her second term on the board in District 7. Jim Grant, who previously served from 1992 to 2000, is completing his first three-year term in District 5 since returning to the board in 2008.

Candidates must collect 25 signatures to get on the ballot for in a district seat and 100 for an at-large position.

Election Day is Nov. 8.

Emily Guerin can be reached at 781-3661 ext.123 or Follow her on Twitter: @guerinemily.