FREEPORT — With about 24 hours left before the deadline to file nomination papers, there were enough certified candidates to contest three Town Council seats and two spots on the board of Regional School Unit 5 in the November local elections.
Petition papers for candidates for the council, School Board, and the boards of trustees of the Freeport Water District and Freeport Sewer District were due Wednesday at 6 p.m.
All three incumbent councilors are seeking re-election: District 2 Councilor Eric Pandora of Birch Point Road, District 3 Councilor Joe Migliaccio of VinMar Lane, and Councilor At-Large Rich DeGrandpre of Timber Ridge Road.
According to Town Clerk Beverly Curry, three challengers also will be on the ballot: Katherine E. Arno of Pleasant Hill Road in District 2, Kristina Egan of Weston Point Road in District 3, and Marie Gunning of Telos Road for the at-large seat.
There are three candidates for two seats on the RSU 5 board: incumbents Nelson Larkins of Shore Drive and Beth Parker of Spar Cove Road, and Palmer Point Road resident Gurdarshan Gill.
In races that remained uncontested as of Tuesday, one seat is up for election on the Water District Board of Trustees, along with two seats on the Sewer District board. All of the seats are three-year terms.
The two seats available on the Sewer District Board of Trustees are held by Mike Ashby of Cove Road and Timothy P. Whitacre of Sandy Beach Drive. Whitacre, who has twice unsuccessfully run for a seat on the Sewer District, was appointed by the Town Council in February to fill a vacancy created when then Chairman Leon Arris left the board to become the district’s general manager.
Whitacre and Ashby have returned their nomination papers and will be on the ballot, Curry said.
The Water District seat is held by Edmond Theriault of Litchfield Road, who has also returned papers to seek re-election, she said.
Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 8.