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by Faith DeAmbrose
Nomination papers for the island towns of Deer Isle and Stonington have been released and with few exceptions the races are shaping up to be routine.
Likely to draw the only contested races, three open seats on the CSD board have garnered attention, while the Stonington Sanitary District has yet to have takers for any of its three open seats.
Nomination papers for two three-year terms on the CSD School Board have been taken out by incumbent Vicki Zelnick and Andy Vaughn, and according to Union 76 office staff, incumbent Mark Cormier is also expected to take out papers for the upcoming election cycle. To fill a two-year term left vacant by the resignation of Ginnie Olsen in June, papers have been taken out by Holly Eaton, as well as another person whose name was not immediately available from the Union 76 office.
In Deer Isle, papers are available for one three-year term on the board of selectmen. This seat is currently held by Neville Hardy who has taken out papers to run again.
Papers are also available for one-year terms as tax collector, town clerk and road commissioner. These seats are held by Myra “Lorraine” Weed, Becky Knowlton and Paul Gray, respectively. As of press time, Knowlton and Weed have taken out papers, but no one has taken out papers for the road commissioner position.
In Stonington, papers are available for one three-year term on the board of selectmen. This seat is currently held by Donna Brewer who has taken out papers to run again.
Also available are two three-year “in district” seats on the Stonington Sanitary District and one three-year “at large” seat. These seats are currently held by Lisa Glover, Ben Jeffries and Heather Mathews, respectively, none of whom have taken out papers as of press time.
Papers for municipal seats are due back at their respective town offices and the CSD papers are due back at the Union 76 office all by January18 at 4 p.m.
Deer Isle and Stonington town meetings will begin with elections on the morning of Monday, March 4, with the business portion being held later in the day (times not yet finalized, as of press time).
And for those wondering, explained Stonington Town Clerk Lucy Bradshaw, voters can sign papers for more than one person or position. A question, she says, she has been asked so many times that she has consulted Maine Municipal Association on the topic.