Six candidates are running in two contested races for four open seats on the Scarborough Town Council.

Four are hoping to win one of three open seats for three-year terms.

They are incumbents Karen D’Andrea and Richard Sullivan and challengers Paul Andriulli and James Benedict.

Incumbent Ron Ahlquist is being challenged by Kerry Corthell to serve a two-year term.

In the four-way race, the candidates offered different ways for Scarborough to combat the economic challenges that face every community in the state.

D’Andrea, a management consultant, believes the town needs to attract more small businesses and that having quality schools helps to do that.

Sullivan, a landscape business owner and firefighter, said he’d focus on keeping the tax rate down, which he believes he’s been instrumental in doing in the past.

Andriulli, a self-employed contractor, said he thinks Scarborough “is in pretty good shape,” and he hopes to help keep the town moving in the same direction.

Benedict, a construction consultant, thinks the town needs to focus on drawing businesses to Haigis Parkway.

Opponents Ahlquist, a park ranger, and Corthell, a development coordinator, both said their focus would be on maintaining or improving town services.

In making difficult decisions, Ahlquist said he brings common sense and experience, while Corthell emphasized her commitment to researching issues thoroughly before making a choice.

Staff Writer Leslie Bridgers can be contacted at 791-6364 or at: [email protected]