Harpswell incumbents unopposed on town ballot

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HARPSWELL — Barring any write-in candidacies, a trio of incumbent office-holders will be unopposed in their bids for new terms.

Selectman Ellie Multer, School Administrative District 75 Board of Directors member Joann Rogers, and Road Commissioner Ron Ponziani will be the only candidates on the ballot in the March elections.

Wednesday was the deadline to file nomination papers at the town clerk’s office.

Multer is seeking a third, three-year term on the Board of Selectmen. A former journalist and public relations director for a New Jersey community college, Multer moved to Harpswell nearly four decades ago.

Ponziani, a lifelong Harpswell resident, is running for a second term as the town’s road commissioner.

Earlier this month, selectmen agreed to consider including a $5,000 increase in Ponziani’s pay in the 2015 budget, which would bring his annual salary to $20,000, nearly four times the $6,000 per year he was paid when he was first elected in 2012.

Rogers has served on the SAD 75 board for almost three decades. She has run unopposed in every election since at least 2009, according to town records.

Polls will be open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, March 14, during the annual Town Meeting at Harpswell Community School.

Peter L. McGuire can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 100 or pmcguire@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter @PeteL_McGuire.