2016-05-06 / Front Page

Municipal races set in Port, Kennebunk

By Wm. Duke Harrington
Staff Writer

With Monday’s filing deadline now come and gone, the ballots are set in stone for the June 14 municipal elections in Kennebunk and Kennebunkport.

On the whole, the races to watch are in Kennebunk, with only one contested seat on the docket in the ‘Port.

Drawing the largest field of candidates, as it did last year, is the race for two seats on the Kennebunk Board of Selectmen.

With four candidates on the ballot and board chairman Kevin Donovan not seeking another term, the board can expect at least one new face. One of those faces could be a familiar one. Joining incumbent Richard Morin on the ballot is William Ward, a member of the town budget board who sat as a selectman for one term, from 2011 to 2014. Ward trailed the field in a six-way race for three seats on the board, last year.

Joining Morin and Ward on the campaign trail this time are L. Blake Baldwin and Thomas J. Calhoon.

The owner of local media company Video Creations, Baldwin is co-chairman of the town’s economic development committee. Calhoon represents the West Kennebunk Village Committee on Kennebunk’s Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Ordinance Update Committee.

Meanwhile, all candidates are guaranteed a seat on the RSU 21 Board of Directors. With Frank Drigotas bowing out after six years, that opens the door for newcomer Emily L. Kahn. The other candidate for one of two seats on the board is incumbent Matthew Fadiman.

Meanwhile, college senior Edward R. Sharood will face off against incumbent Wayne Brockway for a term on the Kennebunk Sewer District, but it’s not much of a faceoff, with two open seats.

All of the above are for three year terms.

Contesting one five-year term on the Kennebunk Light and Power District Board of Trustees is incumbent Michael Jordan and challenger Daniel Bartilucci, who has had letters published in both the Post and the York County Coast Star in support of keeping the Mousam River dams in place.

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The race for the board of selectmen in Kennebunkport has two seats up for grabs and only incumbents Patrick Briggs and Sheila Matthews-Bull qualifying for the ballot.

Town Clerk April Defoe said Tuesday that one other person did take out papers to run, but never returned signatures.

Meanwhile, Amy Johnson’s retirement from the RSU 21 Board of Directors clears the way for a new representative. In the race are Biddeford school teacher Connie Crandall and Consolidated School parent Maeghan Lovejoy, a food writer and author of the blog, “The Way to His Heart: Recipes to Fall in Love With.”

Staff Writer Duke Harrington can be reached at news@kennebunkpost.com.

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