HERMON, Maine — Three residents have stepped forward as candidates for an unexpired town council term to be filled by voters on Nov. 6.
The position opened during the summer when Councilor Sharon Nickerson stepped down from her seat, which expires on June 30, 2013.
Running to serve for the remainder of the term are residents Alden Brown, Jeanne Jacques and Donna Pulver. All three have roots in Hermon and have won council seats in the past.
A retired member of the U.S. Air Force and the Air Force Reserve, Brown holds degrees in management and human resources from Park College in Missouri. After returning to Hermon in 2001, he served six years on the council, two of those as chairman and one as vice chairman.
“My goals as a councilor are to effectively manage the growth of our community, to ensure taxpayers get the most out of their tax dollars and to maintain a stable mill rate,” he said. “As a councilor, I will vote on each item in a way I believe best promotes the town of Hermon and benefits the majority of the citizens of the town.”
An intermediate-level emergency medical technician and board member for the Hermon Volunteer Rescue Squad, Jacques is a billing assistant at Penobscot Community Health Care. She won a council seat in 2009 but stepped down shortly afterward because of an illness in the family.
“I am just looking to help ensure the same quality of life and services that the residents of Hermon have come to expect by focusing on growth and new business expansion, expanding on education, as well as trying to maintain the reasonably low mill rate many townspeople have come to expect, while bringing new residents to our town,” Jacques said.
Pulver served on the town’s school committee for several years before being elected to the council in 2009. She lost her re-election bid in June in a five-way battle for two council seats. Pulver’s work history includes 20 years with Georgia-Pacific where she was a computer operator and did other office work. She said she is running for council because she believes it is important that residents step up and serve on town boards and committees.
“Hermon is a great town with low taxes, two industrial business parks and and is located within 25 miles of lots of weekend trips to enjoy the great state of Maine,” she said.
Also on Election Day, voters will decide a series amendments to their town charter.
The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Hermon Elementary School gym.