2018-04-20 / Community

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Local ballots set – The deadline has passed for local ballot access and the fields are set in the annual campaign for public office.

In Kennebunk, it’s an embarrassment of riches, with five people running for three openings on the board of selectmen and seven seeking two slots on the RSU 21 Board of Directors.

There also is a competitive race for an opening on the Kennebunk Light and Power District (KLP) Board of Trustees.

In fact, the only uncontested race is for the two spots on the Kennebunk Sewer District Board of Trustees, where two incumbents — Mark Allenwood and James Oppert — showed the only interest.

At Kennebunk Light and Power , incumbent president Jonathan Kilbourn finds himself defending his position on the board from a challenge by Albert Kolff, a leader in the Protect the Mousam movement, which strongly opposed the trustees’ decision to surrender the district’s federal power generating license at its three dams on the river.

For the school board, incumbent Brad Huot chose not to run again, guaranteeing at least one new face representing Kennebunk.

Facing off against the other incumbent, Mike Mosher, are Dean Auriemma, Kendra Connor, Susannah Hamblin, Rachel Maloney-Hawkins, Erin O’Reilly-Jakan and Merrilee Paul.

On the selectboard, meanwhile, voters can also anticipate at least one new public servant, as Dan Boothby has chosen to step aside.

The field of five vying for three open seats includes incumbents Ed Karytko and Shiloh Schulte, as well as Wayne Berry, Bob Georgitis and Michael Green.

But that’s were the electoral fun ends, as the fields winnow from feast to famine in Kennebunkport and Arundel.

In Kennebunkport, incumbents Stuart Barwise and Allen Daggett are the only candidates for two openings on the board of selectmen.

Peter Fellenz is calling it a career after one term on the school board. The only person filing papers to replace him was Darah Jane Dore.

There is just one candidate for an opening on the water district, Jim Burrows. And for an at-large seat on the beach advisory committee, Jon Dykstra was the only person who stepped forward to replace outgoing representative Mike Weston.

In Arundel, it’s almost a mirror image of the Port ballot, with incumbents Phil Labbe and Dan Dubois the only ones to throw their hats into the selectboard ring and just one candidate, Devon Havey, venturing to fill the role vacated by Catherine Rush.

The town also has just two names to pick from for two three-year openings on the budget board — Shawn Hayes and Michelle Moore-Allen.

Also in Arundel, voters will find several budget board seats suffering from blank ballot boxes, given no willing applicants for two two-year terms, or single one-year seat.

Anyone receiving at least 25 write-in votes can take their pick of the openings. If any of the three jobs goes unfilled, selectmen are empowered to make a one-year appointment.

New planner – Once again, Kennebunk is a town with a plan. Or a town planner anyway.

At its April 10 meeting, the board of selectmen confirmed the nomination of Town Manager Mike Pardue to hire John Stoll of Berwick to fill the post vacated by Judy Bernstein, who retired in January after 32 years working for the town.

Stoll was most recently as senior planner for the city of Concord, New Hampshire, a job he took in March 2017. Before that he worked as a town planner in Berwick from 2013 to 2016, and as the town’s community development and planning director from June 2016 until taking the job in Portland.

He also has logged time as city planner for Aberdeen, South Dakota (2011-2012) and planning consultant for Sanford (2010-2011). He holds a 2008 bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University, and in 2010 earned a master’s degree in community planning and development from the University of Southern Maine.

“John’s vast experience as a city and town planner, coupled with his desire and commitment to working in a team environment, stood out in the selection process,” Pardue said. “We are pleased to welcome John to the staff at the town of Kennebunk and look forward to working with him.”

Stoll’s starting salary will be $68,500.

“I have a lot to get my head around right now, but I’m looking forward to working in this community,” Stoll told selectmen.

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

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