The fields have been set for municipal elections this fall in Cape Elizabeth, Scarborough and South Portland, with nearly every race offering voters a competitive slate of candidates.

In Cape Elizabeth, two seats are available on the Town Council, and two on the school board. In each race, a retiring incumbent means both bodies will see at least one new face come November.

On the council, Frank Governali is stepping down at the end of his first term.

“I don’t feel compelled to do multiple terms,” he has said, calling it “ideal” to have “continual refreshing of the Town Council.”

That will leave Caitlin Jordan, manager of the family-run Alewives Brook Farm on Old Ocean House Road, to square off for reelection against two relative newcomers, Martha “Molly” MacAuslan and Imad Khaladi.

MacAuslan, a part-time graduate student at Andover Newton Theological School in Massachusetts, has not previously held elective office. However, she chairs the town’s library planning committee. Khalidi, a U.S. citizen of 20 years born in Jerusalem, runs Auto Europe, an international car rental reservation business based in Portland. He also has not previously held elective office.

On the school board, Mary Townsend is stepping down after five years “to pursue other opportunities.”

That will leave William Gross and Susana Measelle Hubbs to face incumbent Michael Moore, an adviser with Bigelow Investment Advisors in Portland, now looking toward a second.

Gross, a retired telecommunications engineer, ran unsuccessfully for the school board in 2012 while Measelle Hubbs’ experience includes time served on the middle school parents association.


Five challengers will chase two Town Council seats in Scarborough, including incumbents Judy Roy and current Chairman Ron Ahlquist. Joining them in the race will be Carol Rancourt, forced to sit out re-election last November after nine years due to term limits. Also in the race is real estate agent Jean-Marie Caterina, who narrowly lost a contest for the state Legislature to Heather Sirocki last fall. Caterina, who has already set up a Facebook page for her new campaign, said she decided to run for Town Council after legislative redistricting took her out of a rematch against Sirocki. Also joining the candidate pool is William “Bill” Donovan, a retired attorney who specialized in real estate and municipal law. Donovan ran for

Town Council last fall, hoping to fill out the term vacated by Karen

D’Andrea, but lost out to Kate St. Clair.

On the school board, John Cole is running for re-election. He will face off against Jane Leng and Jodi Shea, for one of two seats, the second one currently vacant following the resignation of Aymie Hardesty this past May.

Leng, who also has a Facebook page, is a Chinese immigrant and stay-at-home mom with a master’s degree in finance from Texas A&M University. Shea, a former account executive for regional magazines, is currently vice president of the Scarborough Education Foundation.

South Portland

Seven people took out papers for Town Council in South Portland, but only four turned in signatures for one of two at-large seats. With Alan Livingston not running, that means one new face at least, assuming Mayor Tom Blake prevails again at the polls.

Livingston said Monday he is stepping down to focus on his job as a math teacher at Cheverus High School in Portland.

Joining Blake on the ballot will be former councilor Maxine Beecher, forced out of office by term limits last year, school board member Richard Matthews and Carol Thorne, a realtor with RE/MAX By the Bay and a former Planning Board member.

In the three school board races, Mary House and Sara Goldberg are running unopposed in the at-large and District 2 races, respectively, while board Chairman Rick Carter has drawn a challenger in District 1.

Facing off against Carter will be Boyd Street resident Eugene Swiger, who has logged time on the Secondary Schools Facility Committee and the High School Music Boosters, among other community service roles.

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