Thursday, April 24, 2014
Cape Elizabeth voters chose two town councilors and two School Board members on Tuesday.
About 32 percent of the town’s 7,819 registered voters cast ballots in municipal and state elections, according to the town clerk.
Political newcomer Martha “Molly” MacAuslan and incumbent Councilor Caitlin Jordan won two open council seats with 1,448 votes and 1,352 votes, respectively, while a third candidate, businessman Imad Khalidi, received 1,324 votes.
Taxes, open space and the town’s public library were top issues for an incumbent and two political newcomers who sought a three-year term on the seven-member council.
MacAuslan, 54, is a real estate consultant and library trustee who is chairwoman of the town’s Library Planning Committee, which has developed a $4 million, long-range plan for the Thomas Memorial Library. Last year, voters rejected a $6 million proposal to build a new library.
MacAuslan said before the election that she wants to help ease tension between between the Spurwink Rod and Gun Club and residents of the nearby Cross Hill neighborhood, who are concerned about noise and stray bullets from the club’s shooting range. She also would use her experience in real estate sales and management to help the town make tough decisions on capital projects.
Jordan, 30, is a lawyer who manages her family’s Alewive’s Brook Farm. She also said she wanted to be part of ongoing efforts to upgrade the library and help resolve the dispute between the rod and gun club and its neighbors.
Khalidi, 61, is CEO and a partner in Auto Europe, a Portland-based international car-rental company with 500 employees in North America, Europe and Australia. He said he supported tax relief for senior citizens, education as the foundation for success, more modern contents in the library and preservation of open spaces and farms.
In the School Board race, incumbent Michael Moore and Susana Measelle Hubbs won two open seats with 1,441 votes and 1,275 votes, respectively, while a third candidate, William Gross, received 1,188 votes.
Moore, 42, is an investment advisor who’s wrapping up his first three-year term on the board. He said there’s great momentum in the district for doing things differently to meet Common Core learning standards and he supports a strategic plan that contains clear, honest goals.
Hubbs, 46, said she decided to run because she wants to give back to her community and all three of her children attend town schools. She said she’s excited about the direction the school district is heading with a new superintendent and she supports a strategic plan that would help all kids succeed according to their abilities.
Gross, 67, a retired engineer who voluneers at the high school, said he would push for innovative budgeting, a strategic plan that supports individual learning abilities and a teachers’ contract that rewards the best teachers with larger salary increases.Kelley Bouchard can be contacted at 791-6328 or at:email@example.comTwitter: @KelleyBouchard