June 18, 2018
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Pittsfield, St. Albans seats are mostly unopposed

By Alex Barber, BDN Staff

Most local seats up for grabs in Pittsfield and St. Albans will be uncontested in Tuesday’s election.

Only one Town Council seat in Pittsfield has more than one candidate.

Crystal Witham and Donna Chale are vying for the seat left vacant after Bill Bradshaw resigned. It is a two-year position. Neither candidate could be reached for comment.

Current Pittsfield Town Councilors Caleb Curtis and Gary Jordan Jr. look to swap seats.

Curtis currently holds the District 2 seat, while Jordan has the at-large position. Both are running for the other person’s chair.

“It’s just an agreement that Gary and I made,” said Curtis, who added that both live in the District 2 zone. Both are running unopposed.

Curtis, who is in his second term as councilor, said he’s looking forward to serving as a councilor-at large.

Jordan couldn’t be reached for comment.

Three positions are open on the SAD 53 school board in Pittsfield. Only two people officially filed papers.

Michelle Hodgins and Christine Cookson, who are both already on the board, are running for re-election. Nanette Ardry is running as a write-in candidate.

“I didn’t realize there was an open seat with no one running for it until the deadline had passed,” said Ardry. “I missed the deadline by just a few days.”

Ardry is an attorney for the state of Maine and has three children.

“I’d like to be involved in education issues in town and since no one else was running for the seat, it seemed like it was a good time to be involved,” said Ardry.

Hodgins is in her second term on the board, while Cookson has completed a year on the board.

“I want to continue to make positive improvements and changes in the curriculum and try to be actively involved in all pieces of it,” said Cookson.

Hodgins has two children in school district.

“I’ve learned a lot. It’s amazing,” said Hodgins. “Education is just not that simple. I have a better appreciation and understanding of what happens in a school system.”

In St. Albans, only one selectman’s position is available and only one person is on the ballot.

Daniel Hanson took over Phillip Russell’s seat after he resigned in July. Hanson is running unopposed.

The only other vacancy in St. Albans is on the budget committee.

Shelda Madigan is running unopposed for that position.

Madigan is the secretary and treasurer for the St. Albans Historical Society Museum. Her husband, Joe, is the president.

“It just seemed like the right thing to do,” said Shelda Madigan, who added that her son-in-law, Paul Dube, is also on the budget committee.

Polls for both Pittsfield and St. Albans are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Pittsfield residents vote at the town office at 112 Somerset Ave. St. Albans residents vote at the town hall on 7 Water St.

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