Election hopefuls take out nomination papers in Scarborough

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SCARBOROUGH — New faces and familiar candidates have taken out nomination papers for elected offices in town.

Residents will elect four town councilors, two School Board members and three sanitary district trustees on Nov. 8.

Incumbent Councilors Karen D’Andrea, Ronald Ahlquist and Richard Sullivan have all taken out papers for new three-year terms. Their potential challengers include Planning Board member Kerry Corthell and Kelly Lane resident Mark Polli.

Corthell has also taken out papers to complete the two years remaining in the term of Councilor Michael Wood, who announced his resignation last week. Corthell can only run for one seat, and hasn’t decided which office she’ll seek.

Eagle’s Nest Drive resident Kelly Noonan-Murphy has taken out papers for one of two three-year terms on the School Board.

Robert McSorley and Jason Greenleaf, both current trustees of the Scarborough Sanitary District, have taken out papers for re-election.

Candidates must gather signatures from between 25 and 100 registered Scarborough voters and turn them in to the town clerk by 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 7 to get on the November ballot.

Mario Moretto can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 106 or mmoretto@theforecaster.net. Follow him Twitter: @riocarmine.

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Potential candidates emerge in South Portland

SOUTH PORTLAND — Potential candidates for City Council and School Board have begun the process of running for three open seats on each body.

City Councilors Tom Coward and Patti Smith have taken out nomination papers for re-election in District 1 and District 2, respectively. As of Wednesday, no one had taken out papers for Councilor Jim Hughes’ District 5 seat. Hughes will be ineligible to run again because he has served the maximum three consecutive terms.

School Board members Tappan Fitzgerald in District 5 and Karen Callaghan, at-large, have both taken out papers to run for re-election. Board Chairman Ralph Baxter Jr.’s term also will expire this year, but he said he will not seek re-election to the at-large seat.

Jeffrey Selser, of 17 Summit St., has taken out papers for the at-large post.

Candidates must return papers with signatures from at least 100 registered South Portland voters by Sept. 12 to appear on the Nov. 8 ballot.

— Mario Moretto