June 25, 2018
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Brooklin to choose selectmen

By Rich Hewitt, BDN Staff

BROOKLIN, Maine — Three residents, including two former selectmen, have filed nomination papers for the special election next month to elect a new Board of Selectmen.

Former Selectmen George Eaton and Albert Smith, along with Michael Roy will be on the ballot for that election. Eaton is seeking the one-year term, Smith, the two-year term, and Roy, the three-year term.

As of midafternoon Tuesday, the three men were the only residents to return nomination papers with the required 25 signatures, according to Town Clerk Jeannine Hardy. They also were the only ones to take out nomination papers, Hardy said, and it seemed unlikely there would be any additional candidates.

The election was scheduled after the current Board of Selectmen resigned at the annual town meeting on April 3, citing strained relations at the town office. Those selectmen, Richard Freethey, Lorna Grant and Jerry Gray, indicated that state law prohibits them from resigning until a new board is in place to accept their resignations. They have continued to serve and have indicated they will meet regularly until the new board is elected.

State law allows for a shortened nomination and election period in certain situations, cutting the process from 90 to 30 days.

The election is set for May 14. The polls will be open from 2 to 5 p.m. at the fire station.

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