Porter challenges Campbell for SAD 51 seat in Cumberland; 3 incumbent councilors uncontested

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CUMBERLAND — Incumbent Karen Campbell faces a challenge in June from Jeff Porter for her seat on the School Administrative District 51 Board of Directors.

Nomination papers for candidates for the School Board and the Town Council were due back by the end of the day Tuesday.

Three council races are uncontested. Incumbents Shirley Storey-King of Shirley Lane, Ron Copp of Interurban Drive and George Turner of Carriage Road are all seeking their third terms.

Stonewall Drive resident Campbell is the School Board vice chairwoman and is also involved with its finance, negotiations, and strategic thinking and planning committees. She also led the board’s communications committee for two years, and has been the policy committee chairwoman.

“I feel that I’ve been effective in my first term,” Campbell said Monday, “and that I’m best positioned to be able to continue the work of the district and to help (it) move forward over the next three years.”

Porter, a Crossing Brook Road resident who stepped down from the Town Council last year after 12 years, said Monday that his wife, who has worked in SAD 51, is now teaching in Pownal, which allows him to seek a School Board seat.

“I look forward to serving the residents of Cumberland, hopefully, in a new role,” Porter said, adding that he thinks he has “some skills that would be a value” to the post.

Election Day is June 12.

Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or alear@theforecaster.net. 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.