PITTSTON — Three people are vying for a seat on the Board of Selectmen, including two with law enforcement experience.

Incumbent Isaiah “Ike” Peppard is up against Timothy Marks and Daniel Myshrall Jr. for the three-year term.

The municipal election is scheduled for March 19, when polls will be open from noon to 7 p.m. at the Town Office. The annual Town Meeting starts at 9:45 a.m. March 17 at the Pittston Consolidated School.

Absentee ballots will be available at the Town Office 30 days before the election.

Timothy Marks, 51, who retired from the state police in 2011 after 25 years with the force, said he always has been involved in the community.

Married with four children, Marks volunteered to teach driver education at Gardiner schools, and coached basketball, baseball and football. He works as an independent logger.

“I’ve lived in Pittston and Randolph my whole life,” Marks said. “I have an interest in town politics. I know what’s going on and want to help out any way I can. I’m all about integrity and honesty. It’s been my whole life.”

Marks said he wants the town to be more pro-business. He said there aren’t a lot of businesses in Pittston “and I think we need to promote it and make the process a little easier.”

After high school, Marks worked at the State House for eight years as a document clerk.

Peppard, a sergeant with the Gardiner Police Department, is a four-year veteran of the Coast Guard.

He moved to Pittston with his wife in 2005. He grew up in Richmond, where his father was a selectman and a town manager.

Peppard said after three years on the job, he feels comfortable in the role of selectman.

“I have a better understanding than I did three years ago,” he said. “I want to return and see if we can progress forward a little bit more.”

If elected, Peppard said, he will focus on reducing taxes; but he doesn’t think people understand what little control selectmen have over spending decisions.

“The county budget is out of our hands. The school isn’t completely, but it’s up to everyone” in the school district, he said. “We try to find that balance between the appropriate amount of spending and the appropriate quality of services we want for people. Meeting that goal is tough sometimes.”

Myshrall, 47, worked for Ferraiolo Construction for 17 years as a dispatcher and a public way master before retiring and building the Old Cedar Speedway, the only paved radio-control race track in Maine.

Myshrall, married with three children and four grandchildren, said the selectmen should do what the majority of the people want.

“It’s the last form of government where the people you have an issue with are the people you’re talking to,” Myshrall said. “It’s more important to me to have a select board than to have a town manager.”

Myshrall said he would like the town to have a web page, like other communities, where residents can find information such as meeting dates and minutes. He said the website would include e-mail addresses of selectmen so residents could ask questions directly and voice their concerns.

“We need a website so people know what’s going on. Transparency is the key,” he said. “I have no aspirations other than becoming the third selectman for the town of Pittston, and I feel qualified to do that.”

Other residents who have turned in nomination papers are:

* Incumbent Tom Farkas, running against Penny Poolman for the Regional School Unit 11 school board seat.

* Marlene Colvin, unopposed for her seat on the Planning Board.

* William Huberg, seeking re-election as an alternate Planning Board member.

* Jean Myshrall and Theodore Zagwyn, running for the Personnel Board.

* S. Larry Ireland, seeking re-election to the position of East Pittston Water District Director.

No one took out nomination papers for three vacant slots on the Budget Committee.

Mechele Cooper — 621-5663

[email protected]


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