Seven to appear on Bucksport Town Council ballot

Posted Oct. 04, 2012, at 3:04 p.m.

BUCKSPORT, Maine — Residents will have their choice of six candidates to fill three open Bucksport Town Council positions, while another open council seat is uncontested.

Frank Dunbar, a former councilor, barber and member of the Bucks Mills Rod and Gun Club is running unopposed for the two-year remainder of Jeff Robinson Sr.’s term. Robinson died from lung cancer in July. The council appointed Joel Wardwell to hold Robinson’s seat until the election, and Wardwell did not file to run for the rest of the two-year term.

The three open full-term positions come as current Councilors David Kee, Byron Vinton III and Belle Ryder finish their first terms. Kee and Vinton, both retirees, are running for re-election. Ryder is not.

Joining Kee and Vinton on the ballot are Caleb Carter, Glenn Findley, Brian Leeman and Wendy White.

Leeman, who works at Verso Paper, is a former councilor, who resigned his seat in November 2011 to become involved in a new business venture. Ryder was appointed to finish his term, which expired this year.

White, who also works at the paper mill, is an alternate on the town’s Board of Assessment Review. She had formerly taken out papers to run for the two-year term, but has since decided to run for one of the available three-year terms.

Neither Carter nor Findley was available for comment Thursday afternoon. The election takes place Nov. 6 at G.H. Jewett School on Bridge Street.

Follow Mario Moretto on Twitter at @riocarmine.

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