CAPE ELIZABETH – Two seats on the Town Council and two on the School Board are open for the Nov. 4 election in Cape Elizabeth. All of the positions are three-year terms.

Nomination papers are due back to the town clerk’s office on Friday, Sept. 5, at 4 p.m.

The open council seats are now held by councilors Kathy Ray, who has served one term, and David Sherman, Jr. who has served two terms, beginning in November 2008.

Sherman also served as a member of the Planning Board for six years – two years as chairman – and was a member and president of the Cape Elizabeth Education Foundation from 2003-2013. Sherman also served as a member of the town’s Ordinance Committee.

He now serves as a member of the Appointments Committee and is a liaison to the Thomas Memorial Library’s Board of Trustees. He is an attorney at Portland law firm, Drummond Woodsum.

Last week, Sherman said he does not plan to run for another term, but that his experience on the Town Council during the last six years has been “positive.”

“I’ve learned a lot about the town and have enjoyed working on a lot of the issues,” he said, “but after two terms, I feel like it’s time to step down and let somebody have a chance to serve. I felt like it was time to move on.

“The council, though rewarding, (requires) a healthy time commitment,” Sherman said.

Ray, who was elected to the Town Council in 2011 after serving eight years on the school board, said she is seeking re-election. On Monday, she said that she had already taken out nomination papers and returned them to the town office.

She also serves as the Ordinance Committee chairwoman, is the council’s liaison to the Planning Board, and she serves as a member of the Thomas Memorial Library Building Committee and is the council’s liaison to the Maine Municipal Association.

If re-elected, this would be Ray’s second term on the Town Council.

“I am looking forward to continuing the work the council has been doing, and I enjoy giving back to my community,” said Ray, who grew up in Cape Elizabeth.

As a response to Sherman’s decision not to run for another term, Ray said, “He’s been a fabulous council member and we’ll miss his work on the council.”

Joanna Morrissey and Elizabeth Scifres now occupy seats on the Cape Elizabeth School Board, which are set to expire on Dec. 8. Scifres is serving her first term on the school board as vice chairwoman and plans to run for re-election, she said. She has also served on the co-curricular and athletic steering committees, policy committee, negotiations committee, evaluations committee, and multiple interview committees for the school department.

Morrissey could not be reached by the Current’s deadline.

To qualify for the November ballot, candidates must submit between 25 and 100 signatures from registered Cape Elizabeth voters.


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