Election promises changes on Yarmouth council, school board

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YARMOUTH — While short on contested elections, the June 12 ballot for local offices is long on changes for the Town Council.

Veteran Councilors Carlton Winslow and Erving Bickford did not file to run for new three-year terms, ending a combined 32 years of service on the council.

Councilor Tim Sanders will resign next month with one year left on his term, meaning the seven-member council will have three new members.

David Craig, a current member of the Energy Savers Committee, and Planning Board member James MacLeod filed nomination papers seeking the two three-year terms.

Local real estate agent Pat Thompson is the only candidate to finish Sanders’ term.

The School Committee will see some changes, too, with four candidates seeking three seats with three-year terms. Incumbents David Ray, who is the committee chairman, and Craig Wolff are joined on the ballot by Susan Garrett and former School Committee member Tim Wheaton.

Incumbent Andy Tureff decided against running again.

Bickford, who will be honored June 5 as this year’s Latchstring Award recipient, will also be not seeking re-election as a Yarmouth Water District trustee.

Former Maine Geological Survey Director Walter A. Anderson is the only candidate for the three-year trustee term.

The annual Town Meeting is at 7 p.m. June 5 at Harrison Middle School. The June 12 primary and local elections will be held at Robert W. Boyd AMVETS Post No. 2 at 148 North Road.

David Harry can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 110 or dharry@theforecaster.net. Follow David on Twitter: @DavidHarry8.

Portland City Hall reporter for The Forecaster. Baltimore native, lived in Maine since 1989. A journalist since 2005, covering much of Cumberland and York counties. I joined The Forecaster in 2012.