North Yarmouth, Cumberland have 1 contested election

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NORTH YARMOUTH — A two-way race for an open seat on the Board of Selectmen is the town’s only contest in the upcoming June election.

In Cumberland, meanwhile, there is no competition for any elected town office.

Harold Stoddard of Smithwood Drive and Keith Thompson of Bryn Lane are vying for the three-year seat on the North Yarmouth Board of Selectmen, currently held by Paul Napolitano.

Napolitano said in an email April 24 that in his nine years on the panel, he has been involved with many cost-saving measures, such as pay-per-bag and recycling programs.

“With the charter change to town manager form of government the (Board of Selectmen) has become a policy board,” he said. “It is no longer a governmental (board), it is time for change.”

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

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

Thompson, whose wife is an emergency medical technician, said in an email April 24 that he has not paid much attention to North Yarmouth politics for most of his 17 years in town – until one of the town’s paramedics was fired last December.

“I began attending the town meetings in that regard and got caught up in the process, becoming more and more interested in town government and the dynamics of citizen participation,” he said.

He added that he especially enjoys “the part of the meetings where citizens stand before the Board of Selectmen and express their concerns about the issues. To me, this is the heart and soul of the New England form of small-town representative government.”

Stoddard, a resident since 1973, said he has always volunteered in town, “and I’m just looking to continue to do that, and I hope to be an active participating member, and (make) good judgement calls.”

If he is elected, Stoddard would have to resign as deputy chief of the fire-rescue department, Town Clerk Debbie Grover noted.

“There’s no shortage of people who would like to have (the fire-rescue) spot,” Stoddard said.

Jim Moulton, a former selectman who served on the School Administrative District 51 Board of Directors in 2002-2005 and was elected again in 2012, is not seeking re-election. Katherine Perrin of Mill Road is the only candidate for that seat.

No one submitted nomination papers for two open Budget Committee seats, while Richard Baston of Walnut Hill Road and Stephen Gorden of Heather Loch are uncontested in their re-election bids for, respectively, Cemetery Commission and Yarmouth Water District trustee.


At-Large Councilor Shirley Storey-King and Councilor George Turner of Cumberland Foreside are seeking re-election to their seats on the Cumberland Town Council. Councilor Ron Copp is also unopposed for his West Cumberland seat. All are three-year posts.

Karen Campbell and Vickie Bell are running again for 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.