Two active members of the Yarmouth community are hoping to hold elected office for the first time as they run head-to-head to fill a two-year term on the Town Council.

Joan Dollarhite and Robert Waeldner, both 50, are vying for the seat vacated by former council Chairman Steve Woods, who resigned in June.

Dollarhite has lived in Yarmouth with her husband and 9-year-old son for almost five years. A legal assistant at the law firm Norman, Hanson and DeTroy, Dollarhite is a parent-teacher organization board member and Cub Scout leader and last year helped with the capital campaign for the Merrill Memorial Library. An advocate for removing the U.S. Route 1 bridge to connect the highway to the town’s Main Street, she said, she is “committed and enthusiastic no what matter what I’m involved in.”

Waeldner has lived in Yarmouth since 1998 and has had a law practice in town for the past 10 years. A husband and father of three school-age children, Waeldner is a mentor at Yarmouth schools and has served on the boards of the Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce and Yarmouth Little League, as well as in the Rotary Club.

He said he would have no agenda as a councilor other than to “do what’s necessary to maintain this great community and, at the same time, keep an eye on expenses and the burden on property owners.”

Leslie Bridgers can be contacted at 791-6364 or at:

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