Wellen, VanNostrand not running again in Freeport

  • Mail this page!
  • Delicious
  • 0

FREEPORT — A town councilor and a School Board member are not seeking re-election in November.

Town Councilor Andy Wellen is not seeking a second term, and Regional School Unit 5 Board of Directors member Karin VanNostrand is also not running again.

Nomination papers for the Nov. 3 election were due to the town clerk on Sept. 9. Nine seats on various boards are on the ballot.

Wellen, who has served one term as the District 4 councilor, said he’s not running again because of time constraints.

“I have other priorities in my life that I need to work on, other activities I’m involved with,” Wellen said.

He said he has enjoyed being on the council and plans to stay involved in town government by attending meetings when he can.

“I’ve enjoyed working on the Town Council and working with other councilors and constituents,” Wellen said. “I think the council has made some changes and I’m proud to have been part of this council.”

Jennifer Worthy has taken out nomination papers for Wellen’s seat, but as of Tuesday she hadn’t returned them. If no one files to be on the ballot, it will be offered to the write-in candidate who gets the highest number of votes.

Council Chairwoman Melanie Sachs is seeking her second term as an at-large councilor. Doreen Mae Christ has also taken out papers for the at-large seat, but as of Tuesday, she hadn’t returned them.

Two three-year terms are also up for election on the RSU 5 Board of Directors. VanNostrand said it’s time for someone else to take her place on the board.

“We have new leadership in our district as of this school year,” she said. “I have served for the past five years, and have learned an immense amount about how public schools in Maine function, how district decisions are made, and how progress happens.”

John Morang is seeking re-election to the School Board, as is Nelson Larkins, who lost a re-election bid last November, but was returned to the board by the Town Council in December after Peter Murray resigned.

Jeremy Clough is also running for one of the three-year seats. There is also one one-year seat up for election; Louise Brogan is the only candidate for that seat.

Four seats on the Sewer District Board of Trustees are up for re-election. Three are three-year terms and one is a one-year term.

For the three-year terms, Michael Ashby and Andrews Sachs are running, and Sara Randall and James Harriman have taken out papers, but as of Tuesday hadn’t returned them.

Clinton Goodenow Jr. is running for the one-year seat.

There is also a seat on the Water District Board of Trustees for a three-year term, currently held by Leland Arris III. No one had taken papers out as of Tuesday.

Kate Gardner can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 125 or kgardner@theforecaster.net. Follow her on Twitter: @katevgardner.


I'm a reporter for The Forecaster covering Freeport, Yarmouth, Chebeague Island, and Cape Elizabeth. I'm from a small town in NH no one's ever heard of. When not reporting, I can be found eating pasta and reading books, often at the same time.