June 19, 2018
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Four seek two Warren selectmen seats

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

WARREN, Maine — Two incumbent members of the Board of Selectmen are being challenged in the election scheduled for Monday.

Incumbent Christine Wakely is being challenged by former Selectman Ed LaFlamme. Incumbent Wayne Luce is being challenged by Michael York. Both seats are for three years.

The polls for the municipal election will be open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at the town office. The annual town meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Warren Community School.

Wakely has served two three-year terms on the board. She retired in June as an educational technician at the Warren Community School.

She said she is seeking re-election to see unfinished business completed.

Wakely said the biggest issue in town is the proposed methadone clinic. She said the town historically has opposed zoning and that it can’t now try to stop a business from coming to town simply because the town doesn’t like what it is.

LaFlamme has served two earlier terms on the board. He is owner of Swift Storage in Rockland and a storage business in Belfast, is a building contractor and executive director of the Warren Sanitary District.

He said he is running because he wants selectmen to get more things done and to have their work done in the open rather than in closed-door sessions.

LaFlamme praised the planning board and ordinance committee for their handling of the methadone clinic proposal, saying they are doing the best they can with a bad situation.

Luce has served two terms on the board. He operates rubbish, moving and trucking businesses.

A lifelong Warren resident, Luce said he would like to see some projects completed such as the cleanup of the former rifle range property off Route 90.

Luce said the methadone issue will have to play out on its own.

York owns and operates York Marine in Rockland. He serves on the planning board.

York, who grew up in Warren before joining the military and going to college, said it was time for new people and voices on the Board of Selectmen. He said he wants to see a strong board to counter a strong town manager.

He called himself a fiscal conservative and would look for savings.

He declined comment on the methadone issue since he serves on the board considering its application.

Correction: An early version of this story requires correction. Warren's town meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Warren Community School, not the town office.

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