SCARBOROUGH – Six candidates, including three incumbents, are seeking four open seats on the Town Council, while two political newcomers will run unopposed for vacancies on the school board.

The slate of candidates running in local elections Nov. 8 was set Wednesday, the deadline for turning in nomination papers.

Four candidates are vying for three three-year seats on the council. Councilors Karen D’Andrea and Richard Sullivan Jr. are looking to get re-elected.

D’Andrea, who’s finishing her first term on the council, works as a consultant for nonprofit organizations.

Sullivan, who had previously served on the council, was elected last year to fill a seat left open by a resignation. He is a professional firefighter for the City of Portland and owns a landscaping business.

Running against the incumbents are James Benedict, who is semiretired and works in construction, and Paul Andriulli, a general contractor.

Benedict twice has run for council unsuccessfully, while this is the first race for Andriulli, a former volunteer firefighter in town.

Councilor Ronald Ahlquist, whose term is up this year, hopes to fill a two-year seat being vacated by Mike Wood, who resigned for work reasons.

Ahlquist, a ranger at Crescent Beach State Park, has served eight years on the council, on and off for a little more than a decade.

Challenging him is Kerry Corthell, who ran for council last year and lost. Corthell has been on the town Planning Board since January and recently served on the Charter Review Committee. She is the development coordinator for Spurwink, a nonprofit agency that provides mental health services.

Two members of the Wentworth Intermediate School building committee will run unopposed for seats on the Board of Education.

Christine Massengill, a 12-year resident originally from Chicago, does administrative work for a business she owns with her husband, a manufacturer’s representative for building products.

They have two daughters — a sophomore at Scarborough High School and a fifth-grader at Wentworth.

Kelly Noonan Murphy is a Scarborough native who moved away for college and law school but returned in 2003 to raise her children. She is a stay-at-home mother with twin daughters in fourth grade at Wentworth and a son in kindergarten at Blue Point Primary School.

The two vacant seats are currently held by Colleen Staszko, who decided not to run for re-election, and Christopher Brownsey, who has served the limit of three consecutive three-year terms on the board.

Residents will also vote in November on whether to borrow $39.1 million to build a new Wentworth Intermediate School.

Staff Writer Leslie Bridgers can be contacted at 791-6364 or at

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