Bridgton has contests for school board seats

By Gail Geraghty

Staff Writer

The hot competition in this year’s local elections is for a seat on the SAD 61 Board of Directors. Two seats are available, and four people are running.

For the one-year seat, former school board member Karla Swanson-Murphy is up against newcomer Charles Peter Mortenson (not to be confused with Peter Morrison, who resigned earlier this year). The three-year seat pits incumbent Cynthia LeBlanc against Lee Maartel-Bearse, the latter of whom was appointed to fill out Morrison’s term.

Two three-year selectmen’s seats are available, and incumbents Paul Hoyt and Bernie King are running again. Brian Thomas is also running again for another three-year term on the Planning Board, and the board’s Alternate position has no declared candidate. Write-in votes could decide the Alternate seat, or selectmen could make an appointment until the next election in November.

Finally, Barry Gilman seeks another three-year term on the Bridgton Water District.

Elections, along with referendum voting, will take place on Tuesday, June 10, at Town Hall, with the polls open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Bridgton Town Meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 11, at 7 p.m. at Town hall.

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