Voters will head to the polls Tuesday to decide a $50 million state borrowing request, local council and school board races, and several school budgets.

While the June ballot lacks a prominent statewide primary, there is a request from state lawmakers asking voters to approve $45 million to be distributed in grants from the Maine Technology Asset Fund manged by the Maine Technology Institute. The competitive grants support infrastructure, equipment and technology upgrades for public and private entities involved in certain technology sectors.

The remaining $5 million in the bond would be used to recapitalize the Maine Venture Fund, administered by the Finance Authority of Maine. The fund invests in small businesses that show the potential for growth and public benefit.

The bond is projected to potentially cost taxpayers $63.7 million after interest is included over its 10-year repayment schedule.

Here’s a rundown of local races and other ballot items in local cities and towns:



In Augusta the remainder of unexpired at-large terms on both the City Council and Board of Education are up for election.

The three candidates for the council seat are Stanley Koski, Jennifer Day and Robert Trask.

Four residents — Holly Kiidli, Pia Holmes, Roger Mackbach and Kevin Lamoreau — registered with the city to declare themselves to be write-in candidates for the vacant school board spot.

Voters will also be asked to approve of the proposed $29.4 million school budget.


Twenty-four seats are up for election in Chelsea, but only one candidate’s name will appear on the ballot. Benjamin Smith, who is currently the vice chairman of the three member board, is running for re-election and is the only candidate to turn in nomination papers.


The other 23 seats up for election are three seats on the RSU 12 School Board, seven seats on the Planning Board, five seats on the Board of Appeals, five seats on the Board of Assessment Review and three elected members of the Budget Committee. Anyone running as a write-in candidate must get at least 25 votes to be elected.

The election comes two days before Chelsea residents head to Town Meeting to vote on the proposed town budget that could add 18 cents to the town’s current mill rate of $18.10 per $1,000 of assessed valuation and to consider changes in the town’s Shoreland Zoning and Animal Control ordinances.


Voters will decide whether Farmingdale should ban all retail marijuana establishments and retail marijuana social clubs. If the ballot measure fails, residents can choose to enact a 180-day moratorium.

Selectwoman Nancy Frost is running unopposed for a three-year term, and Stephen Stratton is running unopposed for a three-year term as road commissioner. Aimee Ellis and Jon Lambert are vying for a three-year term on the RSU 2 board.



Running unopposed for re-election to the Fayette Select Board are Berndt Graf and Joseph Young. Elaine Wilcox is seeking re-election to the School Board Committee and Matthew Charland is seeking an open seat on the same committee. He served on the committee previously. All seats carry three-year terms.


Litchfield residents will vote for someone to replace outgoing Selectman George Thomson. The candidates running for his seat are Richard “Ric” Swett, a local goat farmer who would like to expand the Select Board by two members, and Gary Parker, who did not respond to requests for information last week.


Residents have two candidates to choose from to represent Manchester on the Regional School Unit 38 school board.

Incumbent Terri Watson, who is chairwoman of the school board, faces a challenge from political newcomer Kaleb Pushard.


The school system’s $17.2 million budget is also up for a referendum vote Tuesday.


Monmouth residents will vote for someone to replace Darlene Sanborn, a selectwoman who has decided to step down because of her work obligations. The candidates for the two remaining years on her term are Harold W. Jones III, a past selectman who manages trucking fleets for a Lewiston-based bottling company, and Donna Seppy, an administrator with the University of Maine System who has also worked in the mental health field.

Monmouth does not hold a Town Meeting, so voters will also consider a proposed $3.22 million spending plan, which is up 2 percent from this year’s, and other ballot measures.

Officials have proposed repealing the limit of five grown dogs that residents are allowed to keep as pets. Two other items that residents will be asked to authorize are an expansion of the Cochnewagon Pond boat ramp and the addition of an electronic sign outside the town office.

Mount Vernon


In Mount Vernon, Patricia “Trish” Jackson is running for Select Board, and indicated she will resign from her seat on Regional School Unit 38 if she wins. One year remains in her term.

“I have had a very interesting time on the school board, and I’m just ready for a new adventure,” Jackson said Wednesday.

Alexander Wright has announced he is running as a write-in candidate for the school board seat being vacated by Malcolm Hardy, who served as an interim when a previous member resigned.

Wright, 20, who formerly lived in Manchester before moving briefly to Readfield, is seeking a three-year term, and has placed some campaign signs around town. He said Thursday that he didn’t realize a seat was open until three days before nominating petitions were due.

“I believe my younger viewpoint could be beneficial,” he said. Wright was a 2015 graduate of Maranacook Community High School and attends the University of Maine at Augusta studying business administration, sociology and history. This summer he’s helping his father on their elderberry farm.

Wright said he’s attended the most recent school board meetings, including the annual meeting and one at Manchester Elementary School where mold issues there were discussed.



Readfield residents will see the entire 42-article annual Town Meeting warrant on the ballot.

There are no contested races. Dennis Price is the only candidate for a three-year term on the Select Board. Adam Woodford is seeking election to a full three-year term on the RSU 38 School Board and Thomas Sneed is seeking a one-year post there.

There are no candidates listed for a one-, two-, or three-year terms on the local school committee.

All the spending and appropriation questions regarding the proposed $2.3 million municipal budget carry recommended “yes” votes from both the Select Board and the Budget Committee, including an article asking whether the town should spend $5,000 for continued restoration of the Readfield Union Meeting House.

“What we’re looking at essentially is a flat budget,” Town Manager Eric Dyer said Wednesday. “We have a very slight increase of the town side — $415. It’s very, very modest when you look at the 2,500 residents we have.”


He added that the budget preparation was “a very collaborative process this year.”

Officials continue the wait to assess the impact of the school budget on the town’s tax rate. Currently it is set at $18.93 for each $1,000 in assessed property value.

“We anticipate the school budget will increase over the past year’s even if the state steps in to pay more of their obligation,” Dyer said.

Voters also will be asked whether to enter an inter-local agreement that brings Fayette into partnership with Readfield and Wayne in the Readfield Transfer Station.

Fayette voters already approved the deal on April 3, and the Readfield Select Board approved the agreement and sent it on to the voters.

The final article on Readfield’s warrant asks, as usual, whether the town should continue the secret ballot process for the 2018 annual Town Meeting.



While Richmond voters decide the annual budget at Town Meeting, town voters elect members of the Board of Selectmen at the polls. This year, four candidates are running for two seats. Andrew Alexander, who has served on the Budget Committee, is a nurse at MaineGeneral and is a unit coordinator for a cardiac rehabilitation unit. Mark Pearson, who works for Bath Iron Works in Brunswick, has served on the Board of Selectmen in the past

Incumbent Robert Bodge, who owns Bucky’s Auto Repair, has served one term on the Board of Selectmen, after serving more than 20 years on the Richmond Utility District board. Incumbent David Thompson, who retired from the U.S. Postal Service as postmaster in Richmond, is seeking another term.


Voters Tuesday will be asked to validate the Sheepscot Valley Regional School District 12 budget.

Elections for town positions are all uncontested.



Winthrop residents will vote on a $11.19 million spending proposal for the local school department, which has been debated for several months and is down less than 1 percent from this year’s budget. The proposal preserves many of the department’s existing programs and received narrow approval from the Town Council last week in a 4-2 vote.

Residents will also vote to fill two open seats on the seven-member Town Council.

One of the seats is now held by Councilwoman June Bubier, who was selected to serve as an interim replacement when her late husband, David Bubier, died last winter. Bubier is running for re-election to that seat, which has another year-and-a-half on it. She’s being challenged by Andy Wess, the longtime co-owner of Lakeside Motel & Cabins, who recently retired.

The other seat was vacated in April by Richard Henry, who moved to Tennessee for a job. Five candidates are running for his seat, which has another two-and-a-half years.

They are Andrew Bellegarde, a military veteran who works as a security guard and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in nursing; Milton Hadley III, a retired teacher who recently served on the board of the Winthrop School Department; Elizabeth McKenney, the owner and operator of a local taxi company; Amanda Meader, an attorney who has represented the town of Winthrop in the past; and Rita Moran, who owned the now-closed Apple Valley Books in downtown Winthrop.



Voters in Dresden, Farmingdale, Hallowell, Monmouth and Richmond will vote Tuesday on the upcoming school year’s $27 million budget in a budget validation referendum.

The proposed budget in Regional School Unit 2 — which includes those communities — is increasing 1.9 percent from the one approved last year, according to Superintendent Bill Zima.

During a public meeting last month, Zima outlined the $27,039,154 budget, which is $517,262.85 larger than the current one, saying the budget has increased 8.23 percent since the RSU was formed in 2009.

To minimize the increase, Zima said, the district is saving more than $146,000 by not replacing some retiring teachers and is saving another $48,692 by reducing the school administrative staff. A saving of $124,000 comes from retiring debt.



Residents in the towns of Litchfield, Wales and Sabattus will consider a $18.73 million school budget for their school district, Regional School Unit 4. That budget is down 0.37 percent from this year’s and would not make any changes to its staffing and programs.

Though Litchfield residents have resisted RSU 4’s spending proposals in the past, this year’s proposal has won the support of the town’s budget committee.

RSU 38

Voters in Manchester, Mount Vernon, Readfield and Wayne will see a referendum on the proposed $17.2 million budget for Regional School Unit 38, the Maranacook Area Schools. The budget for the 2017-18 school year was adopted with little dissent at the district annual Town Meeting May 17.

SAD 11

School Administrative Unit 11 has put together a budget that’s less than 1 percent higher than the current year for the Gardiner area schools the district encompasses. Voters in Gardiner, Randolph, Pittston and West Gardiner will be asked to approve a $24.055,000 budget, which passed easily at the budget validation vote on June 6 at the Gardiner Area High School.

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