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School Board election draws only 1 candidate in Cape Elizabeth; 4 compete for 2 council seats

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School Board election draws only 1 candidate in Cape Elizabeth; 4 compete for 2 council seats

CAPE ELIZABETH — Nomination papers for the municipal election in November were due Sept. 3 and only one candidate returned papers for two School Board seats.

Board Chairwoman Rebecca Millett of Waumbek Road and Linda Winker of Fowler Road have completed their three-year terms. Millett is not seeking re-election and Winker took out papers, but did not return them by the deadline.

Millett said she has found the past six and a half years very rewarding serving on the school board, but it is time to pursue other endeavors like starting a project management and consulting business.

"In addition, I think it is important to keep the board makeup dynamic with a balance between experienced and new members," she said. "It’s important to suffuse the board with new ideas and fresh energy. My service on the board has allowed me to learn so much about our schools, our students, and our town. I hope that other Cape citizens will take the opportunity to not only serve our community but to gain such a great understanding of one of the core assets of our town."

The only candidate on the Nov. 2 ballot will be Kimberly J. Monaghan-Derrig, who ran unsuccessfully in the last School Board election.

The race this year is for a seat on the Town Council, where four residents will compete for two seats. The two seats are now held by Councilors Penny Jordan and Frank Governali.

Governali completed the unexpired term of former Councilor Paul McKinney, who resigned in 2009, and is seeking a full, three-year term.

Jordan decided to not run again after serving one elected term. She said she thoroughly enjoyed her time on the council, but her passion lies elsewhere.

"I would run again if I wasn't involved in so many different activities," Jordan said. "I feel like I neglected the Cape Farm Alliance in the last year and half. I want to continue to help promoting and supporting local farms and ensuring they are viable and successful."

Jordan said she recently joined the Maine Farm Bureau and is a member of the Cumberland County Food Coalition. 

"I weighed all of the things I am doing, and found that my passion is with food, food production and helping to end hunger in the state of Maine," she said.

Caitlin R. Jordan of Old Ocean Hose Road, John W. McGinty of Brentwood Road and James R. Wagner of Hannaford Cove Road will also be on the Nov. 2 ballot.

All Town Council and School Board terms are three years.

For the one, five-year term on the Portland Water District Board of Trustees, incumbent John Brady, who represents both Cape Elizabeth and South Portland, will be on the ballot Nov. 2.

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