Freeport council chairman won't seek re-election

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FREEPORT — Town Council Chairman Bill Muldoon said he will not seek re-election this November.

Nomination papers for candidates who hope to replace him on the council, or interested in other municipal offices, will be available next week.

Muldoon, a councilor-at-large and resident of Roos Hill Drive, said he and his wife plan to move to Harpswell in the spring.

“This has been the long-term plan all along,” he said. “I have really enjoyed these three years on the council. It’s funny how as you begin to become more comfortable with and understand the issues, the term is over.”

Another seat held by Councilor Sara Gideon, the District 1 representative, is also on the ballot. Gideon, a Bow Street resident, completed the unexpired term of Genie Beaulieu, who resigned last year.

Gideon said she plans to take out papers for a full three-year term.

The District 1 seat requires 50 signatures, and the at-large seat requires 100.

In addition to the council, there are November elections for Sewer District, Water District Board of Trustees and Regional School Unit 5 Board of Directors. 

There are two, three-year seats available on the Sewer District. The positions are currently held by Ed Hindley of Wardtown Road and F. Donald Dorsey of South Freeport Road.

For the Water District, a seat held by John Karp of Kings Timber Way is available. Both boards require candidates to collect 25 signatures.

For the RSU 5 board, three Freeport positions are open. The board is made up of six Freeport residents, three from Durham and two from Pownal. Freeport’s election is in November, while Durham and Pownal are in April and June.

The board rotates term limits. This election is to fill two, three-year terms and one two-year term. All three positions require 25 signatures.

Board members Brenda Kielty and Kristin Dorsey have reached their one-year term limits, and Betsey Peters resigned. Peters will continue to be involved with the strategic planning and communications committees, but will not be an active board member.

Until the November election, Peters’ seat will be filled by Redding Lane resident Peter Murray.

Nomination papers can be picked up at Town Hall starting Monday, July 26, and must be returned by 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9.

Amy Anderson can be reached at 81-3661 ext. 110 or aanderson@theforecaster.net

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