Filing deadline arrives for Cape Elizabeth candidates

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CAPE ELIZABETH — With nomination papers due at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, time is almost up for candidates hoping to be on the Nov. 4 town ballot.

Two Town Council seats and two on the School Board are up for election this year. As of Thursday, enough candidates had filed to fill each position, but one incumbent had not returned papers.

Papers returned by incumbent Councilor Kathy Ray and challenger Patricia Grennon have been verified by the town clerk’s office.

Councilor David Sherman in July said he will not seek re-election. Sherman was first elected to the council in 2008 and was re-elected in 2011. He said he’s not running again because it’s “time to take a break.”

On the School Board, incumbent Elizabeth Scifres and challenger Barbara Powers have had their papers verified. The other incumbent, Joanna Morrissey, has taken out papers, but had not returned them as of Sept. 3.

Council and School Board terms are each three years. Candidates must gather 25 to 100 signatures. Nomination papers are available at, and should be returned to, the town clerk’s office.

There is also an election for a representative from Cape Elizabeth and South Portland on the Portland Water District Board of Trustees. Incumbent Wayne Ross of South Portland is seeking re-election to a five-year term.

Nomination papers for the PWD race requires 35 signatures from Cape Elizabeth voters and 100 signatures from South Portland voters, and are also due back Sept. 5.

Kate Gardner can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 125 or kgardner@theforecaster.net. Follow her on Twitter: @katevgardner.

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I'm a reporter for The Forecaster covering Freeport, Yarmouth, Chebeague Island, and Cape Elizabeth. I'm from a small town in NH no one's ever heard of. When not reporting, I can be found eating pasta and reading books, often at the same time.