Topsham selectmen election draws 3 candidates for 2 seats

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TOPSHAM — Selectmen David Douglass and Ronald Riendeau face a challenge from former Town Clerk Ruth Lyons in the Nov. 4 election.

Meanwhile, there are no contests on the ballot for the School Administrative District 75 Board of Directors, where three candidates are running for three open seats.

Monday, Sept. 22, was the deadline for candidates to file nomination papers.

Douglass and Riendeau have a formidable challenger in Lyons, who retired June 30 after 22 years as town clerk and deputy tax collector. She was named clerk of the year last year by the Maine Town & City Clerks Association, and has spent 30 years in Topsham, where she began working for the town as an assistant tax collector in 1990.

Douglass, a 13-year Topsham resident, was a firefighter-emergency medical technician with the Brunswick Fire Department from 1996-2006, and a captain with the Topsham Fire Department from 1998-2004.

Riendeau has lived in Topsham almost his entire life. He and his wife have run Riendeau Auction Service for more than 30 years, and he has served most of five terms on the Board of Selectmen, sometimes as its chairman.

Incumbents Jane Scease and Jeffrey Wolkens are uncontested for their seats on the SAD 75 board.

Matthew Drewette-Card is also unopposed in a bid to replace James Conners, who is not seeking re-election.

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.