Write-in creates 3-way race in North Yarmouth; no contests in Cumberland

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NORTH YARMOUTH — Although two candidates are on the June 9 election ballot for one open seat on the Board of Selectmen, a write-in candidate has made it a three-way race.

The choice between ballot candidates Harold Stoddard and Keith Thompson, and write-in candidate Jeanne Chadbourne, is the town’s only contested election.

No one submitted nomination papers for two open Budget Committee seats. Richard Baston of Walnut Hill Road and Stephen Gorden of Heather Loch are uncontested in their re-election bids for, respectively, Cemetery Commission and Yarmouth Water District trustee.

Thompson is a retired aviator who is chairman of the Spring Point Ledge Light Trust in South Portland, according to his website, nyaffairs.org. He has lived in North Yarmouth for 17 years.

Stoddard is a retired Portland firefighter and current deputy chief of the North Yarmouth Fire-Rescue Department. He has lived in town since 1973.

Chadbourne taught fourth through sixth grades in School Administrative District 51 for 28 years before retiring in the mid-1990s. Her community involvement includes two terms on both the Board of Selectmen and SAD 51 Board of Directors in the 1990s and 2000s. She was named North Yarmouth’s Distinguished Citizen of the Year in 2011.

In Cumberland, meanwhile, at-large Town Councilor Shirley Storey-King and Councilor George Turner of Cumberland Foreside are seeking re-election to their seats. Councilor Ron Copp is also unopposed for his West Cumberland seat. All are three-year posts.

Karen Campbell and Vickie Bell are running again for three-year seats on the SAD 51 board.

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.