NORRIDGEWOCK — Four out of five members of the Board of Selectmen will return this year, along with newcomer James Lyman, who was elected from more than 30 write-in candidates in town elections on Monday.
“I’m excited. I think our first meeting is on Wednesday, and I’m really looking forward to getting some good stuff done for the town,” said Lyman, 53, on Tuesday.
A lifelong resident of Norridgewock, Lyman is a training coordinator at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro. He has worked in law enforcement for 30 years, including as a supervisor for the Maine Bureau of Liquor Enforcement. He began his career at the Norridgewock Police Department in the early 1980s and has worked for the Millinocket Police Department.
“I think the role of a police officer has prepared me to work with the public and become informed on public issues,” he said.
As a selectman, Lyman said, he hopes to help the town accomplish infrastructure projects such as building a fire station and the finishing the public works building on which work started last year.
Lyman’s wife, Sandra, owns a small business. They have two daughters who attend school in Skowhegan.
It will be his first time as a selectman, although he is chairman of the town budget committee. He replaces Jim Hilton, who did not campaign for a seat but got write-in votes.
More than 30 candidates got votes for the position of selectman. Four incumbents were re-elected: the chairman, Ronald Frederick, with 131 votes; Matthew Everett, 122 votes; Sara Wilder, 108; and Charlotte Curtis, 86.
Lyman got 60 votes, followed by write-in candidate Laura Lorette, who had 12. Twenty-nine other people got fewer than than 10 votes each.
Selectmen are elected for one-year terms.
Also elected on Monday:
â¢ For the board of assessors, Ronald Frederick was elected with 130 votes; Charlotte Curtis, with 91 votes; and Sara Wilder, 17 votes. Write-in Matthew Everett lost with 15 votes, and three other people got write-in votes. The term is for one year.
â¢ For treasurer, Jessica Everett was elected with 142 votes. Three others received write-in votes. The term is for one year.
â¢ For town clerk, Kerri Everett was elected with 146 votes. Four others got write-in votes. The term is for one year.
â¢ For Budget Committee, Lyman was elected with 143 votes; Richard Holt, 26 votes; Sara Wilder, 19 votes; and Kerri Everett, five votes. There were 17 additional write-in vote recipients. The term is for one year.
â¢ For Planning Board, Timothy Lyman was elected with 16 votes; and Richard Holt, six votes. There were 24 additional write-in vote recipients. The term is for three years.
For Library Board of Trustees, Sara Wilder was elected with 132 votes; and Marla Bottesch, 127 votes. Eight others received write-in votes. The term is for five years.
For Sewer Commission, Curtis was elected with 99 votes; Richard Holt, 17 votes; and Kristina Gossman, 13. There were 15 additional write-in vote recipients. The term is for three years.
For School Administrative District 54 Board of Directors, Valerie Coulombe was elected with 129 votes and Roger Stinson with 28 votes. There were 15 additional write-in vote recipients. The term is for three years.
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