Election 2013: Candidates unopposed in Topsham

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TOPSHAM — Two candidates for the Board of Selectmen are unopposed, meaning their election next month is assured, barring any major write-in campaigns.

The School Administrative District 75 election is also uncontested, with two incumbents running unopposed for re-election.

Marie Brillant is seeking a second term on the Board of Selectmen, while this will be Bill Thompson’s first term.

Brillant, 56, has lived in Maine since 1997 and has worked as a cook at Mt. Ararat Middle School. Her time with on the Board of Selectmen has been the Val Halla Drive resident’s first involvement with a town board or committee.

Thompson, of Arbor Avenue, would fill the seat being vacated by Selectman Jim Trusiani, who is not running again. Thompson has run unsuccessfully twice before, in November 2012 and in a special election last January.

Thompson, 54, works as an analyst at Bath Iron Works, and retired from the U.S. Navy in 2007 after 24 years. He served 11 of those years in commands at Brunswick Naval Air Station.

He has been secretary of Topsham’s Finance Committee, where he has served since 2009. His term on the committee expires in 2015, but Thompson has said he will step down if elected to the Board of Selectmen.

Scott McKernan of Barrows Drive has served two terms on the School Board, and Holly Kopp of Beechwood Drive filled an unexpired term before being elected to one of her own.

Election Day is Nov. 5.

Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or alear@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @learics.

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A Maine native and Colby College graduate, Alex has been covering coastal communities since 2001, and currently handles Bath, Topsham, Cumberland, and North Yarmouth. He and his wife, Lauren, live in the Portland area, and Alex recently released his third album of original music.