(Note: This is the section of Matt Junker’s story that pertains to New Gloucester.)
By Matt Junker
In New Gloucester, there are three candidates on the ballot for two Selectboard seats: Council Chairwoman Linda Chase, board member Stephen Hathorne and Budget Committee member Karen Gilles.
Chase was initially set to be termed out under an ordinance passed at last year’s town meeting, but the Selectboard recently voted 3-2 to find the ordinance is legally invalid. Chase voted to overturn the term limits ordinance and Hathorne voted against the measure.
Town Manager Carrie Castonguay said Gilles is the daughter of Selectboard member Lenora Conger, but there is no prohibition on a mother and daughter serving together on the board.
New Gloucester also has two available SAD 15 school board seats. Jason Hart is the only candidate on the ballot for a full three-year term, and Laura Sturgis is the only candidate for a partial term. Water District Chairman Dan Bannon is the only candidate for the water district’s one available seat.