Marsha Shute and Darren Shute have turned in nomination papers for the seat on the Board of Selectmen being vacated by Melissa Moody in June. The election is June 8 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Town Office.

The two candidates, both of whom are Stockton Springs natives and have lived in town most or all of their lives, acknowledged that they are related. Darren said he thought they were second cousins.

He is an electrician and also runs a seafood retail business with his wife, which is open by appointment only. Darren said he had lived in town all but 10 years of his life, when he lived other places in Maine.

He has not held elective office, but has been on the Harbor Committee for the last eight to 10 years. He said he would like to serve the town and wants to work with the other current members of the board, whom he called "people who care about the town."

As for the strengths he would bring to the board, he cited his values. "I work hard at everything I do. Whatever I do, I put 110% into it." He added that he is a good listener and seeks to learn about both sides of an issue.

He thinks the well-being of the town's elderly residents is important, as is keeping taxes to a manageable level. He wants to "make sure we stay a friendly town for people to move into, and for businesses." He would like the town to attract new businesses, and maybe see the return of a convenience store and gas station like the former Perry's.

Darren said as a selectman it would be important to him to stay up to date on local issues and to seek out residents' opinions.

Showing some family resemblance, Marsha also said she had held no prior elective office, but has been involved in the community as a volunteer. She is secretary of the Stockton Springs Historical Society, a member of the board of Searsport District High School Alumni Association and a volunteer with Stockton Springs Community Builders. She has been a lifelong resident of the town.

Asked why she is running for the Board of Selectmen, she said, "I've always been interested in municipal government," adding that some residents had asked her to run. She has a cleaning business based in Bangor and the surrounding area.

Having worked as a bartender for 37 years, she said she prides herself on being a good listener, and on her ability to weigh the pros and cons of an issue. She named her strengths as honesty, integrity and a willingness to listen.

Regarding her priorities if elected, she said, "Property taxes would be one of my main focus points," and added that it is important to balance the needs of the town against keeping taxes from rising too much.

"I'm proud to say I live in Stockton Springs. I wouldn't want to live anywhere else," she said. "If elected, I'll work hard to do what is right and good for the town and the people."

Besides the selectman's race, Kristine Braga is running unopposed for reelection to the RSU 20 school board and Vern Thompson is running unopposed for reelection as fire chief. The selectman and school board terms are three years, the fire chief is elected annually.