Yarmouth voters to decide council, school board contests

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YARMOUTH — June’s municipal election ballot is set with contested races on both the Town Council and School Committee.

Councilors Jim MacLeod and David Craig have both served two consecutive three-year terms on the council, and must sit out for a year before becoming eligible to run again.

Vying for their seats are Matt Gredler, Meghan Casey, Bill Ralph and Andrew Kittredge.

Retired after 34 years of working in leadership positions at Allstate Insurance, Gredler, 64, has lived in Yarmouth for 24 years.

This will be Gredler’s first time running for a town office, but he said he’s been involved in the community as a past member of Yarmouth Rotary, has frequently volunteered at the Clam Festival and helped build benches for Yarmouth trails.

Ralph, 52, moved to Yarmouth almost 17 years ago. He is the vice president and managing finance director of power, infrastructure and project accounting at TRC Engineers.

This will be the first time Ralph’s name will be on Yarmouth’s ballot as well. He currently serves on the Finance Committee for Bustins Island and previously on its Boat Advisory Committee. Up until this year, Ralph was involved in Yarmouth Little League, Ski Club, and the booster club.

Kittredge, 39, is a vice president at CPM Constructors. He moved to Yarmouth when he was 6 years old, and served on the council from 2011-2017 – the last year as chairman. During his six years on the council, he was liaison to the Turf Field Committee, the Route 1 Bridge Committee, Harbor and Waterfront Committee, and Shellfish Commission.

Kittredge currently serves on the Shellfish Commission and Yarmouth Community Center Steering Committee.

Casey could not be reached for comment. According to Town Clerk Jenn Doten, she is out of the country.

On the School Committee, terms are expiring for Chairwoman Jeanne Rapone and members Laura Coroi and Tim Wheaton, who is termed out.

Coroi, 54, is running for re-election. She is a radiological physicist and has lived in Yarmouth for 12 years. If elected, this will be her second three-year term on the committee.

She also served as a board member of the Yarmouth Education Foundation and has volunteered for school clubs and organizations, including mentoring the high school robotics team, leading a science and cooking camp at the middle school and organizing a chess club at the elementary school.

Opposing Coroi are neophytes Jeffrey Kew, Newell Augur and Kate Barker Shub.

Kew, 48, moved back to Maine from Connecticut two years ago. Formerly a developer of children’s educational software and a mental health and substance abuse counselor, he now is a stay-at-home parent of his 6- and 9-year-old children.

This is the Kew’s first time running for an elected office, but in Connecticut, he served on a charter revision commission and in several school volunteer positions.

Augur, 51, has had his own law and government relations practice for 12 years. This will be his first time running for a seat in Yarmouth after moving to town five years ago. He served on Brunswick’s Town Council from 2005-2008.

Augur has served on the Recycling Committee and on the Yarmouth Education Foundation. He’s also a soccer coach for the Yarmouth Colts.

Yarmouth native Barker Shub, 37, is a former television news anchor and reporter and now stays at home with her children. This will be her first time running for town office.

Barker Shub said she loves to volunteer in town, including serving as vice president of the Yarmouth Education Foundation, president of the Village Nursery School, and on the Yarmouth Alumni Association board of directors.

Thomas Brennan, 58, is running uncontested for re-election to the Water District Board of Trustees. Barring write-in candidates, this will be his second, three-year term on the board.

The election will be held Tuesday, June 12, at the Amvets Hall at 148 North Road.

Jocelyn Van Saun can be reached at 781-3661, ext. 183 or jvansaun@theforecaster.net. Follow her on Twitter @JocelynVanSaun.

No contests on Chebeague Island

CHEBEAGUE ISLAND — Barring any write-in candidates, the June 12 town ballot will be relatively straight-forward.

Running uncontested for re-election to the Board of Selectmen are Mark Dyer and David Hill. Also uncontested for re-election are School Committee members Jeff Putnam and Jennifer Belesca.

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