Lincoln council head may leave

Posted Sept. 08, 2010, at 11:05 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 11:29 a.m.

LINCOLN, Maine — After 12 years on the Town Council, Chairman Steve Clay might not run for re-election in November, he said Wednesday.

“It takes up a lot of time. At times it is very trying and it might be the time to just let somebody else have a turn, but I haven’t made up my mind yet,” Clay said.

Clay and fellow incumbent councilors Thora House and Michael Ireland are up for re-election for three-year terms in November.

RSU 67 board of directors members Sarah Crockett and John Trask and Sanitary District board members Donald Barker Jr., Darrell Dill Sr. and Russell Stanley also face expiring three-year terms, Town Manager Lisa Goodwin said.

Of the eight, Barker and Dill had returned nomination papers as of early this week. House, Ireland and residents Shaun Drinkwater, Robert Gauthier, Paul Nantkes, Curt Ring and Gary Steinberg had taken out papers but only Ring had returned them, Goodwin said in a statement.

The 37-year-old Clay, president of Clay Funeral Home of Lincoln, said he might pursue playing a larger role in the Maine Funeral Directors Association, where he is a member of the board of directors.

“[But] I do enjoy it,” Clay said of council service. “The town has great employees, great people, and it’s been an honor to serve the people of Lincoln. That would be the reasons I would stay.”

Clay said he will decide whether to run again by Sept. 17, the day nomination papers are due.

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