May 20, 2018
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Former gubernatorial hopeful Richardson now eyes Brunswick Town Council seat

John Clarke Russ | BDN
John Clarke Russ | BDN
John Richardson in 2010 as a Democratic candidate for Maine governor.
By Dylan Martin, The Forecaster

BRUNSWICK, Maine — Two incumbents and a seasoned state politician may be running uncontested campaigns for three town council seats in the Nov. 6 election.

As of Wednesday, there were still no candidates for one of the three open School Board seats.

Three seats on the school board and three on the town council are on this year’s ballot. The deadline for submitting nomination papers to the town clerk is Friday at 4:30 p.m.; seven candidates turned in enough verified signatures by late Wednesday morning.

Town Councilors Suzan Wilson and John Perreault could be unopposed for re-election in District 3 and District 4, respectively.

Town Council Chairwoman Joanne King is not seeking re-election to her at-large seat. Political veteran John G. Richardson, so far, is the only candidate who will be on the ballot.

Richardson, a lawyer at Moncure & Barnicle, served the maximum four terms as a state representative from Brunswick between 1998-2006. From 2002-2004, he was the House majority leader, and he served as speaker of the House his final two years in office.

Between 2007 and 2009, Richardson served as the commissioner of the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development.

The former legislator also was a Democratic candidate for governor in 2010 and withdrew after the Maine Ethics Commission found that three campaign workers committed public financing fraud. Neither Richardson, nor his senior campaign staff, were implicated.

In School Board District 3, James Corey is not seeking re-election. Christopher McCarthy, Kitt Scarponi and Sarah McGinn have taken out nomination papers, but had not returned them as of Wednesday morning.

Frederico Senence is challenging incumbent School Board Vice Chairwoman Corinne Perreault in District 4.

Joy Prescott, a former member of the Conservation Commission, and Dale King, a current member of the Personnel Board, are running for the School Board at-large seat being vacated by Michelle Small.

Candidates for the District 3 and 4 seats must collect 25 signatures from registered voters within those districts. At-large candidates must collect 100 signatures from registered voters anywhere in town.

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