North Yarmouth, Cumberland elections take shape

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NORTH YARMOUTH — With the deadline for candidates to return nomination papers looming on Thursday, a two-way race shaped up for the Board of Selectmen.

As of Tuesday, there were no contested elections in Cumberland.

Harold Stoddard of Smithwood Drive and Keith Thompson of Bryn Lane returned papers for the North Yarmouth Board of Selectmen, a three-year seat currently held by Selectman Paul Napolitano.

Stoddard is a retired Portland firefighter and current deputy chief of the town’s fire-rescue department. Thompson, a retired aviator, is chairman of the Spring Point Ledge Light Trust in South Portland, according to his website,

Neither candidate has prior elected experience, according to the town.

Katherine Perrin of Mill Road has returned papers, and Jennifer Speirs of Marston Way has taken them out, for Jim Moulton’s three-year seat on the School Administrative District 51 Board of Directors.

Richard Baston of Walnut Road has returned papers for re-election to the Cemetery Commission, a five-year commitment, and Stephen Gorden of Heather Loch turned in papers for his three-year post as Yarmouth Water District trustee.

No one had taken out papers for two, three-year seats on the Budget Committee.

In Cumberland, Councilors Shirley Storey-King and George Turner have returned papers for re-election to their respective at-large and Cumberland Foreside seats on the Town Council. Councilor Ron Copp has taken out papers for his West Cumberland seat. All are three-year posts.

Karen Campbell and Vickie Bell have returned papers for re-election to their three-year seats on the SAD 51 board.

Election Day is June 9.

Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or Follow him on Twitter: @learics.

A Maine native and Colby College graduate, Alex has been covering coastal communities since 2001, and currently handles Bath, Topsham, Cumberland, and North Yarmouth. He and his wife, Lauren, live in the Portland area, and Alex recently released his third album of original music.