With elections looming on June 9, a variety of candidates have filed papers to run for offices in Raymond and Standish.

In Raymond, the former longtime town clerk Louise Lester is set to challenge Board of Selectmen Chairman Joe Bruno for a three-year term on the board of selectmen.

Debra Duchaine, Robert Gosselin and Willard O’Brien Richards will run for three respective three-year terms on the Budget-Finance Committee. While Duchaine and Gosselin are running for re-election, Richards will seek to replace Peter Dunn, who is stepping down from the committee.

Raymond resident Diana Froisland will also run uncontested for re-election to the RSU 14 school board.

In Standish, new rules imposing term limits will have an impact this election cycle. Last November, a citizens’ petition that limits town councilors to a maximum of two consecutive three-year terms passed in a 2,562-1,700 vote. As a result of the amendment, after serving either four successive years or two consecutive terms, councilors will have to wait three years in order to run again. The amendment does not impose a lifetime limit on council terms, however.

Next month, the term limits will force councilors Phil Pomerleau and Margaret Spencer from office. Isabel Higgins and Councilor Steven Nesbitt will face off in the race to replace Pomerleau in the three-year Area 1 council seat.

Meanwhile, Brian Libby, Bill Orr and Kimberly Pomerleau will face off to replace Spencer for a three-year term representing the town at-large.

Lester Ordway will run uncontested for a one-year at-large council seat, replacing Nesbitt, who was appointed to the seat last year for a one-year term.

For the Standish Planning Board, Michael Willette will run uncontested for election to retain his three-year seat representing Area 2. Cynthia Beckwith will run for a three-year at-large Planning Board seat that she now holds. Adam Higgins will challenge Beckwith.

In the race for the Standish representatives to the School Administrative District 6 Board of Directors, Robert Deakin, who was appointed to the board last year, will run uncontested for an at-large three-year seat. Amy Dunning-Stepnick and Paul Mosley will also compete for an at-large one-year-seat on the school board.

Ellen Kasprzyk and Phil Pomerleau are running for two respective three-year, at-large seats on the budget committee. Pomerleau and Kasprzyk, who was appointed to the committee until this summer, are set to replace Carolyn Brown and Ronald Richardson, who are not allowed to run this year due to term limits. Lowell Weeks is running for a one-year at-large seat on the budget committee to replace the opening left by Kasprzyk.


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