No contested elections in Cape Elizabeth

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CAPE ELIZABETH — Barring any write-in candidacies, the Town Council and School Board elections will be uncontested in November.

Two first-time candidates are on the ballot for the School Board and a current School Board member, Kathy Ray, is seeking a seat on the Town Council.

Ray, of Spurwink Avenue, is running to replace Councilor Anne Swift-Kayatta, who is not seeking re-election. Incumbent Council Chairman David Sherman of Hunts Point Road is seeking re-election and will run unopposed in November.

In the School Board election, current board Chairwoman Mary Townsend, a resident of Pearl Street, is unopposed for two years left in a term previously held by Kim Monaghan-Derrig, who was recently elected to the state House of Representatives.

Elizabth Scifres, 36, is one of the uncontested candidates for two, full three-year terms on the board. She is married and lives on Longfellow Drive.

Scifres stays at home with her two young children and is the varsity girls tennis coach at South Portland High School. She is also the summer tennis program coordinator in South Portland and volunteers with the Pond Cove Parents Association.

She said she does not have any previous political experience.

“I am running because I have two small children who are going to go through this system,” she said. “I want to be a part of a collaborative effort to make the Cape Elizabeth schools the best they can be for every child while being mindful of our financial needs and constraints as a community.”

The other candidate, Joanna Morrisey, 46 of Old Fort Road, is the project manager for 21 Reasons, a substance abuse prevention coalition in Portland. She is married and has 11- and 14-year-old children.

She is on the board of Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Junior League. She has lived in Cape since 1994 and has not previously sought elected office.

“I am passionate about issues having to do with children,” Morrisey said. “And outside the home, the school system is the next largest influence for our children.”

Town Council candidate Ray has been a School Board member for eight years. She is 52, married and has a daughter in college.

She is a member of the Isis Network and Rotary Club and a clerk on the Squirrel Island Village Corps. She is retired from the Maine Bank and Trust where she was a vice president, branch manager and commercial lender. She also worked as a partner at Goodrich and Ray recruiting.

Ray, a lifelong resident of Cape Elizabeth,  said she has thought about serving on the Town Council for a number of years.

“I really enjoy public service and just felt it was time to make a change,” she said.

As of Wednesday, Sept. 28, town staff said no residents have indicated they plan to run write-in campaigns.

Election Day is Nov. 8. Polls will be open at the Cape Elizabeth High School gymnasium from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Amy Anderson can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 110 or Follow her on Twitter: @amy_k_anderson