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s-ceelection-011609 Jordan, Walsh compete for Cape council

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s-ceelection-011609 Jordan, Walsh compete for Cape council

CAPE ELIZABETH — Penny Jordan and Jim Walsh are vying for an empty Town Council seat in a special election Jan. 27.
The seat was vacated late last year when Mary Ann Lynch resigned.
The election comes amid a shrinking economy and with the council looking for $500,000 to cut from next year's budget.
The winner will serve a term to run through December 2010. Absentee ballots are available at Town Hall. Voting will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 27, in Room 102 at Cape Elizabeth High School from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Room 102 is adjacent to the cafeteria and gym lobby.
SUBHED-Jim Walsh
Walsh, a real estate agent, said he's running because he feels compelled by 21 years of "living in this wonderful community and the desire to keep it that way."
With fiscal responsibility topping his list of priorities for the town, Walsh said he hopes to bring resolve and creativity to the council, along with his professional experience working for large corporations, nonprofits and small businesses.
Walsh, who refused to provide his age and is a resident of Rock Crest Drive, is a member of the Zoning Board of Appeals, is active in the Catholic Diocese of Maine, the Parish Council at St. Bartholomew's Church and the United Way, and is a trustee of the Maine College of Art.
He said he plans to "listen to my fellow citizens and evaluate what is in the best interest of Cape Elizabeth as our community moves forward."

SUBHED-Penny Jordan

Jordan, 55, is a farmer and part-owner of Jordan's Farm and does nonprofit work during the off-season. She has a background in social work and large-scale business re-engineering, which she said would serve the Town Council well.
"I love my hometown," the Fowler Road resident said.
Jordan said she wants to be part of "ensuring Cape Elizabeth remains affordable to people who have been here for generations, and I want to ensure that we continue to embrace our farming and fishing heritage while acknowledging the need to address the demands of an ever-changing community."
Her priorities as a councilor, she said, would be informed spending, working as a community, planning for the future, becoming more business-friendly and increasing local food sourcing.
Jordan said that the town will need to postpone some projects, trim budgets and look at the services provided by the town during tight economic times.
"But," she added,

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"understanding the implications is critical to making the best decisions for the town."

Sarah Trent can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 108 or strent@theforecaster.net.

 

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Jim Walsh

Jim Walsh
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Jim Walsh

Penny Jordan

Penny Jordan
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Penny Jordan