It’s open season for town council seats in Hampden election

Posted Sept. 04, 2014, at 7:20 p.m.

HAMPDEN, Maine — Election Day in Hampden should be interesting, with contests for every open seat, with the exception of a five-year opening on the Hampden Water District that has no takers.

Up for grabs on Nov. 4 are the expiring Town Council seats held by District I representative Ivan McPike, District II representative Thomas Brann, District III representative Jean Lawlis and District IV representative David Ryder, Town Clerk Denise Hodsdon said Thursday, which was the deadline for turning in nomination papers.

McPike is seeking re-election to the council and is facing a challenge from Stephen Wilde. Brann opted not to seek another term and Mark Gray and Dennis Marble have tossed their hats into the election ring. Incumbent Lawlis faces competition from Philip “Terry” McAvoy, while Ryder will face off against Andrew Colford.

A five-way race is shaping up for the three RSU 22 school committee positions now held by Amy Faircloth, Jim Davitt and Niles Parker. Parker is seeking re-election. Lester French, Karen Hawkes, Kympton Lovley and Jason Sharpe have stepped forward as candidates.

Also to be filled is the remaining year of Jessica Scott’s unexpired school committee term and the Hampden Water District board post now held by Shane Sargent, Hodsdon said.

Brian Duprey and Anthony Liberatore are seeking Scott’s seat. There are no candidates for the water district post.