School Board, Water District contests set in North Yarmouth; little interest in other races

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NORTH YARMOUTH — Enough candidates are on the ballot to create contests in School Board and Yarmouth Water District elections in June, but not for several other town boards.

Incumbent Todd Nicholson of Hawthorne Road, who has served one term, is being challenged for his three-year seat on the School Administrative District 51 Board of Directors by James Moulton of Mill Road, who sat on the board from 2002-2005.

Incumbent Stephen Gorden of Heather Loch, who last year won the District 3 seat on the Cumberland County Commission, is seeking a second term as a Yarmouth Water District trustee. Guy Watson of Sligo Road, who served on the district board from 2006-2009, is running against Gorden.

Incumbent Paul Napolitano is running unopposed for a third, three-year term on the Board of Selectmen. The Mill Ridge Road resident resigned as chairman April 3 after the board rejected his attempt to meet in executive session about a survey that sought reaction to the proposed closing of North Yarmouth Memorial School. He believed the survey should have been authorized by the board before it was published, and wanted to discuss the matter in private.

Mark Girard of Timber Lane is unopposed to complete the final two years of Selectman Andrew Walsh’s term. Walsh announced his resignation from the board last month.

Girard ran against Walsh and Darla Hamlin last year, when two seats were available on the Board of Selectmen. He received 250 votes, to 265 for Walsh and 259 for Hamlin.

Incumbent Clark Baston of Sweetser Road is running unopposed for his seat on the Cemetery Commission. He was first elected in 1996.

Only one candidate, Jeffrey Shorey of Toddy Brook Lane, submitted nomination papers for the three, three-year seats on the Budget Committee. He was appointed to the committee in 2011.

The new Charter Commission has six two-year seats available, but only three candidates: Richard Brobst and Clark Whittier, both of Walnut Hill Road, and Audrey Lones of Baston Road.

The boards that do not have enough candidates will require votes for write-in candidates. If there still aren’t enough candidates, the Board of Selectmen can appoint members to the Budget Committee and Charter Commission.

Election Day is June 12.

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

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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.