LEBANON, Maine — During Tuesday’s election, residents will choose one of three candidates running for a three-year selectman seat.
Running for the position are Corinna Cole, Richard Harlow III, and Royce Heath.
Cole, 47, owner of Blue Bird Productions, has lived in Lebanon for 30 years. She said she is running for selectman to make some positive changes in town.
Bringing the town’s finances in order will be one of Cole’s priorities if elected. In addition, she said she would like Lebanon to implement a plan to keep the roads maintained, and to hire a town manager at a cost that is affordable to the taxpayer.
Cole, who describes herself as a great multitasker, currently serves as chairwoman of the comprehensive plan committee, which is working on a plan to address Lebanon’s future and the direction for the town.
Harlow, 52, a financial adviser for Ameriprise Financial, has been a Lebanon resident for about 25 years.
“I’m running because I think I can make a difference,” he said in a recent interview.
He said the biggest issue he would like to address, if elected, is the conflict of interest among town officials. One such conflict, he said, was seen over the past year, when Jason Cole, who served as a selectman, was also the assistant chief of the Rescue Department. By the time Cole resigned, the department had a $200,000 deficit.
Harlow currently serves on the Budget Committee, though if he is elected to the Board of Selectman, he will resign from the Budget Committee to avoid perceived conflict of interest, he said.
Heath, 62, who works part-time at the Lebanon transfer station, is a lifelong Lebanon resident. In his early 20s, he served as a volunteer firefighter for about five years.
Heath said he is running for selectman because he believes he can make positive changes for residents and businesses. He said he has no personal agenda, and if elected, he will work with the other selectman to continue work that is already ongoing.
“I will be in office to serve the people,” said Heath. “I value the people in town.”
Today’s election is taking place at the Lebanon Elementary School, at 53 Upper Guinea Road. Polls are open 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
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