Leaders of Brunswick School Board, Town Council will not seek re-election

Posted Sept. 02, 2014, at 12:36 p.m.
Benet Pols
Courtesy of The Forecaster
Benet Pols

BRUNSWICK, Maine — Two-term School Board Chairwoman Michele Joyce will not seek re-election, creating the possibility of an uncontested race for her District 7 seat.

Benet Pols, chairman of the Town Council, previously announced that he would not seek a new three-year term on that elective body, meaning the leaders of both the council and the School Board will depart those panels by the end of the year.

In June, Joyce said she expected to run again. But she has since been accepted to graduate school and said she wants to concentrate on her education.

“I will always care deeply about the Brunswick school district and the education of our children, but for now I am looking forward to putting my energy and efforts into my own education and to spending more time with my family,” Joyce said Aug. 29.

Joyce was elected to her seat in 2008 and was re-elected in 2011.

“It is my hope that multiple candidates will step up and give voters a choice,” Joyce said.

District 7 is a rural-residential pocket roughly bordered by Bowdoin College, Church Road, Woodside Drive and Pleasant Hill Road.

As of last week, only Sarah N. Singer had been certified for the Nov. 4 ballot in the district. The deadline to return nomination papers is Friday, Sept. 5, at 4 p.m.

Seats on the School Board and Town Council representing District 5 and District 7, and at-large seats, are up for election this year. Candidates for district seats must gather 25 valid signatures and at-large candidates need 100 signatures.

All positions are three-year terms.

A week before the filing deadline two School Board elections were uncontested: District 5, where incumbent Jim Grant is running for re-election, and the at-large seat held by incumbent William Thompson, who has also been certified as a candidate.

There are two contested Town Council races, in District 5 and for the at-large seat currently held by Pols, who is not seeking re-election.

The at-large seat is being contested by Katherine E. Wilson and John P. Portela.

Daniel E. Harris is challenging incumbent Councilor Gerald Favreau in District 5, which covers eastern-central Brunswick, including Brunswick Landing, part of Cook’s Corner, and the shoreline around Princess Point.

Councilor Sarah Brayman, who was the only candidate to take out papers in District 7, had not returned them as of Aug. 29.

In an interview, Brayman said she intends to be on the ballot.

 

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