MACHIAS, Maine — Seven men will face off on June 2 for two seats on the Board of Selectmen.
This year incumbents Stephen Smith and Leslie Haynes face challenges from newcomers Allen Devericks, Daniel L. Swain, Glenn Davis, Stephen Berry Sr. and Danny Manchester.
Polls will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 2, at the town office. The annual town meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 3, at the Machias High School gymnasium, during which voters will get an opportunity to give thumbs up or down on the town budget.
While the race for selectmen is heated, only one candidate, incumbent Terry Sanborn, returned nomination papers for one of the two open seats on the school committee. Incumbent Gerard Necastro did not take out nomination papers. That uncontested seat is available to write-in candidates.
No one returned nomination papers for seats on the budget committee, planning board, board of appeals of board of assessment review. Those positions also are available to write-in candidates.
Town Manager Betsy Fitzgerald, who has been on the job since 2006, said Wednesday that if no one runs for those positions, the board will appoint people to those committees at their next selectmen’s meeting.
This is not the first time in recent history there has been such keen interest in running for the Machias Board of Selectmen. In 2005, six candidates, including two incumbents, raced to the finish line for two seats on the five-member board.