Two vie to fill unexpired school committee post in Hermon

Posted Oct. 26, 2011, at 5:49 p.m.

HERMON, Maine — Voters here will fill the remainder of unexpired school committee positions in a local election set for Tuesday, Nov. 8.

The seat, which expires on June 30 of next year, originally was held by Ruth Ann Dyer, who recently married and moved out of Hermon, which made her ineligible.

Candidates for the post are Debora Farnham and Christopher Patten, both of whom grew up in Hermon and are Hermon High School graduates.

Farnham, 51, lives on Westwood Drive and is employed at Healthcare Charities in Bangor, a program of Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems. She has volunteered for several school and community groups and now serves on the town’s Charter Review Committee. She also has worked as regional director for two national nonprofit organizations and as community relations manager for a local television station.

She and her husband have three sons, two of whom are Hermon High students. A grown son recently bought a home in town.

“I am running for school committee because I believe the cliche ‘Children are our future,’” she said. “Now more than ever, we need to work together to ensure that our schools function efficiently and effectively, so our kids can achieve academic excellence and enjoy the benefits of extracurricular activities.”

Patten and his wife have three children — ages 10, 8 and 6 — enrolled in Hermon schools, the candidate said this week.

“I have decided to run for the school board because I wanted to be involved in my community and feel that I could have positive influence,” said Patten, 36.

“I have always had an interest in running and feel that now is the right time for my family and [me]. I feel that I have a lot to contribute to the school board,” said Patten, whose community service includes membership in the Bangor Noon Kiwanis Club.

The polls at Hermon Elementary School will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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