Cape Elizabeth School Board election attracts 2nd write-in candidate

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CAPE ELIZABETH — A second resident has launched a write-in campaign for a seat on the School Board.

Michael Moore, 39, of Manter Street, is a self-employed investment analyst. He graduated from the University of Georgia, is married and has three children.

Moore is a member of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, volunteer and board member for the Center for Grieving Children and a Thomas Memorial Library trustee.

For nearly 20 years Moore worked for Arthur Andersen, Lehman Bros. and Pequot Capital Management as an investment analyst and business strategist. He said his skills will further diversify the expertise of the board.

He said he would have supported School Board member Linda Winker, but felt compelled to run after Winker decided not to seek re-election. In addition to Winker, board Chairwoman Rebecca Millett is not seeking another term.

Kimberly Monaghan-Derrig is the only candidate on the Nov. 2 ballot. Frederic K. Sturtevant last week announced his write-in candidacy.

Moore said he has the energy to serve, is open minded, is willing to listen and can bring an entrepreneurial perspective to the board.

“I will encourage innovative leadership, a priority-driven culture, transparent communications and financial discipline,” he said. “While Cape Elizabeth enjoys strong schools today, the economic hardships facing our state are requiring schools to do more with less.”

Moore said the most critical decision the next board will face is the selection of a superintendent. He said his experience identifying effective organizational leaders will help the board to recruit an inspirational, priority driven leader who will encourage a “willingness to change and a culture of responsibility.”

He said he supports “proactive, transparent communication and financial discipline at all levels,” and will work to create a strategic plan for the schools.

According to Town Clerk Debra Lane, when voting for a write-in candidate, residents must spell the candidate’s name correctly enough so that their intent is clear when the ballots are read. Voters must also fill in the oval next to the write-in candidate’s name.

After the election, Lane said the resident with the most write-in votes will be asked to accept election. If the winner declines, a vacancy will be declared and a special election will have to be held.

Absentee voting for the Nov. 2 election is available at Town Hall during regular business hours until Monday, Nov. 1 at 5 p.m. Residents can request an absentee ballot online or by calling or visiting the clerk’s office at 320 Ocean House Road, 799-7665.

Amy Anderson can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 110 or aanderson@theforecaster.net

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