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Falmouth election draws 4 candidates for 2 Town Council seats

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Falmouth election draws 4 candidates for 2 Town Council seats

FALMOUTH — The stage is set for a competitive campaign for Town Council.

Four candidates are running for two seats on the council. For School Board, three candidates are running for three seats.

Nomination papers were due to the town clerk on Monday, April 28. Candidates had to submit between 25 and 100 signatures from registered Falmouth voters.

Incumbent Town Councilor Chris Orestis is seeking his second term. Orestis faces competition from Caleb Hemphill, Erin Mancini and Charlie McBrady.

Chairwoman Teresa Pierce is termed out and is running for the state Legislature in House District 44.

Hemphill, 53, of Dunham Pond Lane, announced his bid for Town Council in March. He is a political newcomer, but serves as chairman of the Land Management and Acquisitions Committee. Hemphill owns a restoration woodworking business that specializes in preserving historic buildings.

Mancini, 31, of Longwoods Road, has never held a publicly elected position, but has served as an at-large member of the Long-Range Planning Committee since December. A former radiology technician at Southern Maine Medical Center in Biddeford, Mancini is now a full-time student at the University of Southern Maine. She expects to graduate later this month with a Bachelor of Science degree in health sciences.

McBrady, 46, of Foreside Road, is also a political newcomer. He serves as business development director for Zachau Construction in Freeport.

Orestis, 48, of Winn Road, is chief executive officer of Life Care Funding, a company that helps senior citizens "convert a life insurance policy into a long-term care benefit plan," according to the company's website.

On the School Board, Analiese Larson is termed out after serving six years, and board member Jan Andrews, who was eligible for another term, is not seeking re-election.

Incumbent Lucy Tucker is running for another term. She is joined on the ballot by newcomers Joshua Barrett and Danielle Tracy.

Election Day is June 10.

Ben McCanna can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 125 or bmccanna@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @BenMcCanna.