Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, January 17, 2019
Lack of candidates shapes island elections
by Faith DeAmbrose
Nominations for municipal and school board seats in Deer Isle and Stonington have closed with none of the races contested and a number of places where write-ins will be needed to fill empty seats.
In Deer Isle, Percy Brown Jr. is the sole candidate for a three-year seat on the board of selectmen. The seat is held by Twyla Weed who is not seeking reelection. Judy Dunham has returned papers for reelection to a one-year term as treasurer; Heather Cormier has returned papers for reelection to a one-year term as town clerk, and Bert Schmidt has returned papers for reelection to a one-year term as road commissioner.
In Stonington, Donna Brewer has returned papers seeking reelection to the board of selectmen for a three-year term, and Allison Edinger returned papers seeking reelection to the Sanitary District board of trustees for a three-year in-district seat. One three-year at large seat currently held by Jeannine Buckminster does not have any official candidates.
On the CSD#13 School Board, papers were returned by Jane Osborne for reelection to a three-year term and from Tracie Morey for a two-year term, leaving one three-year term and one two-year term vacancy which will likely be determined through the write-in process.
Both Deer Isle and Stonington have changed their meeting dates for their 2019 town meetings to Saturday, March 9. Elections in each town will take place in the morning, followed by the business meeting in the afternoon.