Sunday, March 9, 2014
Scarborough voters chose political newcomers over incumbents on Tuesday when they filled two Town Council seats and two School Board seats.
William Donovan and Jean-Marie Caterina, both of whom had run for local office before but never won, took the two council seats with 2,177 votes and 2,065 votes, respectively.
Incumbent Councilor Judy Roy received 1,482 votes and former Councilor Carol Rancourt received 1,208 votes in the four-way race. Scarborough has 15,431 registered voters, according to the town clerk.
Donovan, 66, a retired lawyer, said before the election that he believes the town’s government can be more efficient and less expensive. A former school board member in New Hampshire, Donovan said he’s “not anti-anything,” but he would like to promote a more balanced tax structure and encourage better long-range planning with Scarborough school officials.
Caterina, 58, said she ran for a three-year term on the seven-member council because she believes it needs new faces and fresh perspectives. As a real estate broker, business owner and former teacher, she said she understands that good schools and a diverse tax base are cornerstones of a healthy community.
Roy, 70, sought a sixth three-year term on the council, having served from 1991 through 1999 and 2008 through this election. She said she ran again because she enjoys community service and would continue to support policies that make Scarborough an attractive place to live while controlling town spending.
Rancourt, 64, volunteer services manager for the Southern Maine Area Agency on Aging, served three terms on the council, from 2004 through 2012, and three terms on the School Board, from 1995 through 2003. She said she ran again because she missed public service and would strive to hold down taxes, promote public involvement and manage growth to “maintain that delicate balance that allows us to keep our wonderful community the livable place that it is.”
In a three-way race for two School Board seats, political newcomers Jane Leng and Jodi Shea won with 2,522 votes and 2,193 votes, respectively, surpassing incumbent John Cole’s 1,834 votes.
Leng, 43, is a homemaker who has a master’s degree in finance from Texas A&M University. She said she ran because she believes her financial expertise would help the board oversee a $38 million budget and she wanted to promote higher academic achievement with limited resources.
Shea, 39, is an art gallery manager and founding member of the Scarborough Education Foundation, which raises money for innovative educational programs. She said she decided to run primarily because she has two children in town schools and because she wants to help make Scarborough one of the best districts in the state.
Cole, 61, a software developer for Unum, said he ran for a third three-year term on the six-member board because he wanted to continue working toward the goals outlined in a new community vision for the town’s public schools.Kelley Bouchard can be contacted at 791-6328 or at:firstname.lastname@example.orgTwitter: @KelleyBouchard