SAD 44 administrators, candidates for sheriff and House and Senate seats in Tuesday’s ballot

Primary elections for Maine House and Senate candidates and elections for selected local committees and the SAD 44 Board of Directors will all take place on Tuesday, June 14 at municipal offices and Legion halls in the area of Bethel.

In Bethel, the candidates for two open three-year terms for the leadership of SAD 44 are, in order of appearance on the ballot, Michael Clark-Pelletier, Scott Cole, Mark Hutchins and David Jones.

Jones is the sole starter in the squad.

There are two vacancies on the Select Committee, each for a three-year term.

Incumbents Michele Varuolo Cole and Neil Scanlon are both seeking re-election, and Frank Delduca, Meryl Kelly and Christopher Tyler have joined the race to challenge the two incumbents for those seats.

There are two openings for the evaluator.

Scanlon, who is a tenured assessor, is seeking re-election to the position and is uncontested. The other will be completed by a written applicant.

Voting will take place at the American Legion, 85 Vernon St., from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

In Newry, SAD 44 trustees Amy Henley and David Bartlett are each seeking re-election for a three-year term. Neither face challengers.

Gary Wight, who is currently chairman of the Select Board, is seeking re-election and is uncontested.

There will be three questions on the ballot, all related to ordinances.

They are:

Should an ordinance titled “An Ordinance Amending the United Development Review Ordinance for the Town of Newry, Maine” be enacted?

Should an ordinance titled “An Ordinance to Amend the Town of Newry Building Code Ordinance” be enacted?

Should an ordinance titled “An Ordinance Amending the Shoreland Zoning Map of the Town of Newry, Maine” be enacted?

Voting will take place at the municipal office, 422 Bear River Road, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

In Greenwood, outgoing SAD 44 director Erin Cooley is seeking re-election and is challenged by Destiny Hughes for a three-year term.

There are no other items on the ballot.

Voting will take place at the municipal office, 593 Gore Road, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

And, in Woodstock, outgoing SAD 44 director Marcy Winslow is unchallenged in her bid for re-election to a three-year term.

Voting will take place at the municipal office from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

At the county level, Republican Richard Murray of Fryeburg is a written candidate challenging Oxford County Sheriff Christopher Wainwright of Canton for the office of sheriff. Murray is currently employed as a Corporal in the Sheriff’s Office; Wainwright was elected sheriff in 2018 and has worked in the department for more than 30 years.

There are two candidates up for election to serve as district attorney for Oxford, Androscoggin and Franklin counties. They are current Assistant District Attorney Neil McLean Jr., who is a Turner Republican, and attorney Edward Rabasco Jr., a Democrat from Poland, who launched a write-in campaign last week for the primary on June 14 in order to secure a place on the ballot for the November general election. The two will face off in November.

Maine’s House and Senate seats were all renamed following a redistricting after the 2020 census,

What was Home District 117 is now District 78, and what was known as Senate District 18 is now District 19.

House District 78

Rep. Frances Head, who represented what was once known as House District 117, left Maine House.

The Republican candidate for that seat is Josanne Dolloff of Milton Plantation, who is currently serving her second term as a representative for District 115, serving on the Veterans Affairs and Legal Affairs and Leave Committees.

The Democratic candidate for the District 78 seat is David Thurston of Bethel.

Neither candidate is contested in the primaries, meaning the two will face off for the Senate seat on Tuesday, November 8.

Senate District 19

Lisa Keim, a Republican from Rumford, was elected in 2016 to represent what was known as District 18 and recently served on government and judicial oversight committees.

Bethel’s Timothy Carter is the Democratic candidate for that seat. A former member of the Maine House of Representatives, he served on the Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee.

Like the House candidates, neither is contested in the primary and will face off for the Senate seat in November.

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