May 26, 2018
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Chester to hold town meeting Monday

By Nick Sambides Jr., BDN Staff

CHESTER, Maine — Residents will meet at the Marianne Municipal Building on Monday for the annual town meeting, at which the town’s proposed $751,000 annual budget will be voted on, officials said.

Several candidates will vie for elected office during the 8 p.m. meeting. Incumbent Planning Board members Steve Neff and Judy Langerak will be opposed in their attempts to resume their three-year seats by Rebecca Fleming and Scott Porter, officials said, while Pat Kein looks to succeed Joseph Nesin, a veterinarian who operates Chester Animal Hospital, in an unopposed run for Nesin’s three-year seat on the Board of Selectmen.

Fleming also will look to succeed Caroline Smith on the RSU 67 board of directors, officials said. Smith did not return election papers in time for the meeting.

Chester is a town of about 500 residents, according to the most recent census information, located between Lincoln and Interstate 95 exit 227 in northern Penobscot County.

Ritchie to step down as Lee selectman

LEE, Maine —  First Selectman Kirk Ritchie apparently opted not to seek another three-year term, so his open seat looks to be filled by resident Hal Welch unless Welch receives a challenge at the annual town meeting Monday.

Residents will meet at Mount Jefferson Junior High School at 7:30 p.m. to decide whether to support a proposed $331,000 budget. Town Clerk Christine Mallett also seeks re-election to her three-year post, officials said.

Mallett and Ritchie did not immediately return messages seeking comment Friday.

Several other positions, including two seats on the SAD 30 board of directors, might be filled by voice votes and write-in candidates on Monday, as candidates did not return papers to the town in time, officials said.

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