Clay, Ireland among Lincoln candidates for office

Posted Sept. 24, 2011, at 4:17 p.m.

LINCOLN, Maine — Former Town Council Chairman Steve Clay and Councilor Marscella Ireland were the only candidates to return paperwork by Friday’s deadline to run for two council seats on Nov. 8.

Six school board candidates will run, including the chief executive officer of Penobscot Valley Hospital: No one declared candidacy for a Sanitary District Board seat.

Ireland, who serves with her husband, Councilor Michael Ireland, said she was surprised that she and Clay are running uncontested for the two three-year seats.

“I don’t know if people are happy with what they have or don’t want to be bothered,” the 52-year-old Ireland said Saturday, adding that she opted to run again because “I really don’t feel like I did anything in the last year.”

“I felt that I had some unfinished business and I felt that a lot more can be done for the taxpayers,” she added, saying that among her goals for the next three years is securing a new town office.

The town office on Main Street has been generally acknowledged as lacking adequate storage space for records, worker space and some access for disabled residents. Its landlord has maintained that the rent is more than reasonably priced and that the building is well-maintained.

Clay, 38, had served for 12 years, included as chairman or vice chairman since 2003, when he opted to not run last year. His brother, Councilor Samuel Clay, decided not to run this year.

“I just needed a year off. The last few years were hectic and I enjoyed the year,” Steve Clay said. “I missed the whole package that goes with being on the council. I don’t have any one agenda. I enjoyed it for a long time and got a little tired of it for awhile but now being away from it for a year, I want to do it again.”

Samuel Clay’s feelings now mirror his brother’s last year.

“I’ve had enough of it,” the 28-year-old said. “I don’t want to offend anyone but it was almost like we lacked leadership. We had some, but you have to realize that Rod [Chairman Rod Carr] and I have been on there for a while and we have a lot of new members. It would have been nice to have him [Steve Clay] on there this last year. Maybe I would have wanted to run again.”

Darla J. Lichtenberg, Debra J. McIntyre, Jeffrey Schick, James R. Sutherland and Debra G. Tardy are running for three three-year terms on the RSU 67 Board of Directors,Town Manager Lisa Goodwin said. Hospital CEO David Shannon is running unopposed for a two-year term.

RSU 67 serves Chester, Lincoln and Mattawamkeag.

With no one running for the sanitary board, two candidates that receive the most write-in votes can assume office if they agree, Goodwin said. Write-in candidates can also overtake those that filed paperwork.

Michael Ireland, who has two years remaining on his term, said he was glad his wife was running again. He enjoys her company on the council, though the two don’t always agree.

“People think that we always vote the same on things, but we don’t,” Michael Ireland said. “We both want to do what’s best for the town, but we don’t always agree with what that is.”

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