Only 1 contested election likely in Freeport

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FREEPORT — Town elections will be stocked with incumbents and may have only one contested race.

With less than 24 hours before the 4 p.m. Wednesday deadline for submitting nomination papers, two elections had no candidates and, with one exception, all other races were uncontested if all candidates who took out nomination papers return the required signatures.

As of late Tuesday, papers had been returned for Sewer District trustee, Town Council District 4 and at-large, and a Regional School Unit 5 Board of Directors seat, according to the town clerk’s office. Three sets of papers were still outstanding.

A Sewer District seat and seat on the Water District Board of Trustees could remain vacant if no one takes out papers and returns them before the deadline.

Town Council Chairman Jim Cassida is running again in District 4. Andrew Wellen had taken out papers for the seat, but had not returned them by late Tuesday.

Melanie Sachs, who ran unsuccessfully in the June Democratic primary for the state House, will be uncontested for the at-large council seat, currently held by Councilor Charlotte Bishop, who is not seeking re-election.

In the Sewer District, Trustee and Fire Chief Darrel Fournier will be unchallenged. Sewer District Clerk, Leland Arris III, had taken out papers for one of the other seats, but had not yet returned his papers to qualify.

Another Town Council seat could become available if Vice Chairwoman Sarah Gideon wins her bid for the state Legislature this November. A special election would likely be held to fill the vacancy.

School Board incumbents John Morang and Karin Perlotto VanNostrand took out papers for the two open School Board positions, but only Morang had returned his papers. No challengers had taken out papers.

To have enough signatures to qualify for the ballot candidates for Town Council District 4 need 50 signatures, at-large council candidates need 100, and the Water District and Sewer District candidates need 25. 

Election Day is Nov. 6. Voting will take place at Freeport High School.

Will Graff can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 123 or Follow Will on Twitter: @W_C_Graff.