Special election draws 3 candidates for Topsham Board of Selectman

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TOPSHAM — Three residents, all candidates in recent elections, are vying for the Board of Selectmen seat being vacated by state Rep. Andrew Mason.

Mason was elected in November in House District 60. The special election to replace him will be held Tuesday, Jan. 15.

Jean Wolkens of Meadow Road, who was defeated by Mason in the legislative election, is running against former Selectman Jim Trusiani of Main Street and Bill Thompson of Arbor Avenue.

Thompson lost to Selectman Donald Russell last November. He is an analyst at Bath Iron Works, and retired from the U.S. Navy in 2007 after 24 years. He served 11 of those years in commands at Brunswick Naval Air Station, and has been secretary of Topsham’s Finance Committee.

Trusiani served three terms on the Board of Selectmen before being defeated by David Douglass and Ronald Riendeau last November in a three-way race for two board seats. He has worked as an equipment operator with Harry C. Crooker & Sons.

Trusiani’s public service includes a committee that explored consolidation of School Administrative District 75 and the Lisbon school district, and the Sagadahoc County Budget Advisory Committee.

Wolkens, who manages Panera Bread in Augusta, has been chairwoman of Topsham’s Republican committee and a member of the county GOP committee. She has also served as the music leader and clerk at her church.

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.