Mayor, school board positions look to be contested racesThree candidates take out papers for two RSU 20 seats
Belfast — With the deadline nearing to file nomination papers to appear on the November ballot, the mayor's seat and two school board positions are the only contested races.
As of Tuesday, Aug. 20, two candidates have returned nomination papers for the mayor's seat, while a third has entered the ring, and three people have taken out papers to run for the Regional School Unit 20 Board of Directors.
Current Mayor Walter Ash, Jr. has taken out and submitted the necessary signatures to appear on the November ballot for the mayor's seat. Ash has served for three terms as Belfast's mayor since he was elected in 2007.
Challenging Ash is Jim O'Connor, who has also submitted the necessary signatures to appear on the November ballot. O'Connor previously ran for mayor in 2011 against Ash, but was defeated. Candidates for mayor must collect a minimum of 75 valid signatures to appear on the ballot, City Clerk Denise Beckett said.
Beckett said Tom Burpee has taken out, but not returned papers to run for mayor.
Two RSU 20 seats are also available and three candidates have taken out papers, but only one has submitted the necessary signatures. Christopher Hyk, Charles Grey and Caitlin Hills have taken out papers to appear on the November ballot. Of the three, only Hills has submitted the needed signatures, Beckett said.
In other races, the council seats for Ward 3 and Ward 4 are up for grabs. The seats are held by Eric Sanders and Michael Hurley. Both councilors have taken out nomination papers, but have not yet submitted the required signatures, Beckett said.
Sanders has served two terms as the Ward 3 councilor, Beckett said. Hurley has served three terms as the Ward 4 councilor, and has also served as the mayor.
Candidates for council seats and the RSU 20 Board of Directors are required to collect a minimum of 25 valid signatures to appear on the ballot.
Larry Theye has taken out papers and returned the necessary signatures for the position of Election Warden for Wards 1 and 2. Tina Young has taken out and returned papers for the position of Election Warden for Ward 5.
Catherine Holland has taken out and returned papers for the Ward 5 Clerk position, and Susan Cooney has taken out but not returned papers for the Wards 3 and 4 Clerk position, Beckett said. Election Wardens and Ward Clerks are required to collect a minimum of 25 valid signatures to appear on the November ballot.
Candidates have until Friday, Aug. 30, to take out nomination forms and return the required number of valid signatures. Beckett said names will be drawn on Aug. 30 for any contested races to determine where the names will appear on the ballot.
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