Election 2016: School budget is only Brunswick contest

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BRUNSWICK — Voters on Tuesday, June 14, will decide whether to approve the proposed School Department budget and select candidates in primaries for the state Legislature and U.S. Congress.

The proposed school budget stands at about $37.5 million, after being reduced by about $500,000 in a series of cuts by the Town Council. The council was scheduled to adopt the proposed school, municipal, and county budgets at a public meeting May 26.

Voters will also choose whether to continue approving the school budget by local referendum. The state requires this question every three years.

U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, is running unopposed for her party’s nomination in the 1st Congressional District. Mark Holbrook of Brunswick opposes Ande Smith of North Yarmouth to be the Republican nominee who will challenge Pingree in the fall.

In state Senate District 24, Sen. Stan Gerzofsky, D-Brunswick, is prevented by term limits from seeking re-election. Everett “Brownie” Carson, of Harpswell, is unopposed for the Democratic nomination, and Eric Lusk, also of Harpswell, is unopposed for the GOP nomination of Republican candidate for state senate District 24.

District 24 includes Brunswick, Freeport, Harpswell, North Yarmouth, and Pownal.

State Reps. Matthea Daughtry, D-Brunswick, Ralph Tucker, D-Brunswick, and Joyce McCreight, D-Harpswell, have no challengers in their primary re-election bids in House District 49, House District 50, and House District 51, respectively.

Michael Stevens of Brunswick in District 49, Robert Thompson of Brunswick, District 40, and Jeffrey Slocum of Harpswell, District 51, are unopposed on the Republican ballot.

Polls open at the Brunswick Junior High School gymnasium at 7 a.m., and will close at 8 p.m.

Walter Wuthmann can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 100 or wwuthmann@theforecaster.net. Follow Walter on Twitter: @wwuthmann.

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Brunswick/Harpswell reporter for The Forecaster. Bowdoin College grad, San Francisco Bay Area native. Follow for municipal, school, community, and environmental news from the Midcoast.