No shortage of candidates for Harpswell elections

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HARPSWELL — Two candidates will be vying for a seat on the Board of Selectmen in March.

Alison Hawkes, of Cundy’s Harbor, and Rick Daniel, of Harpswell Neck, filed nomination papers to replace outgoing Selectman Mark Wallace.

There are also three candidates for the board of School Administrative District 75. Debbie Levensailor, Jane Meisenbach, and Kay O’Grodnik will be competing for two available seats.

Daniel, 45, said he has never run for public office before. He is a volunteer firefighter on Harpswell Neck, and has worked with local Boy Scout troops. He served on the Pipeline Easement Advisory Committee, the group that negotiated with the U.S. Navy to remove the fuel pipeline running from Mitchell Field to Brunswick Naval Air Station.

Daniel is married, has daughters at Mt. Ararat middle and high schools, and is the owner of Daniel Property Services. He said one of his goals is to make Harpswell residents more aware of educational opportunities and scholarships that are available to them.

“I’d like to take my experience, community involvement and volunteerism and put it to work for the good of Harpswell,” he said.

This is Hawkes’ second campaign for the board. She ran last year, but was defeated by Jim Henderson. She said she is running again because she would like to see a younger person on the board.

“I feel like having that younger view would be a better future for Harpswell,” she said.

Hawkes, 35, has three children at Harpswell Island School, and is co-chairwoman of the Parent Teacher Organization. She also serves on the town’s budget advisory committee and school cost closure review team. She manages her husband’s lobster company and also mats by hand out of recycled float ropes.

She said one of her goals is to attract younger people to the town.

“I know so many people who want to move here, but they can’t,” she said.

Selectmen serve three-year terms and receive $6,000 each year.

The elections will be by secret ballot at the annual Town Meeting on March 12.

Emily Guerin can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 123 or eguerin@theforecaster.net

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