2012-11-02 / In the News

Election 2012

In a special municipal election on Tuesday, Nov. 6, William Donovan and Katherine St. Clair are vying to fill the remaining two years on former Town Councilor Karen D’Andrea’s term. D’Andrea resigned from the position in August. Candidates are listed in alphabetical order.

Town Council Two-year seat

Name: William Donovan

Age: 65

Position seeking: Scarborough Town Council, Two-year term

Address: 8 Morning St.

Phone: 883-9168

Occupation: Retired in 2011

Marital status: Married

Children/family: Three adult children

Highest level of education completed: Law school

Name and location of school or university last attended: Boston College Law School, Boston

Organizations and activities: Water quality testing volunteer, Maine Healthy Beaches; endangered species protection monitor, Maine Audubon; Recreation Commission, Historic District Commission, Amherst, NH, Souhegan Regional School Board, Amherst NH; Planning Board, Town Attorney, Candia, NH

Top three issues: (in order of priority)

1. Promote property tax relief.

2. Advance business-friendly atmosphere to broaden tax base.

3. Maintain an affordable, quality school system.

Why are you seeking elected office?

There are several reasons why I’m running for Town Council. As much as anything, I would like to help contribute to the betterment of the town. My background of previously serving on municipal boards and running a 130-employee law firm should help me to do so. I believe listening to people and striving for consensus solutions is the best way to lead. I will always be available to voters. If elected my first and strongest commitment will be to all Scarborough taxpayers who are neither rich nor poor and who pay most of the taxes in our town. The need for tax relief has never been greater and I have the time and energy to seek realistic solutions. At the same time, I believe public education is the key to maintaining our society, our culture, our values and our standard of living. Reconciling budget pressures and public school excellence will test the council and I will work tirelessly to give us the best schools we can afford. Part of the solution will be to promote businesses that will expand our tax base, support SEDCO’s efforts, develop closer ties with the business community and explore ways to take advantage of Scarborough’s favorable size and location. All of this takes work, but we can control taxes and maintain the quality schools we now have.

Name: Kate St.Clair

Age: 35

Position seeking: Town Council

Address: 41 Woodfield Drive

Phone: 885-5633

Occupation: Stay-at-home mom

Marital status: Married

Children/family: Three biological children. Alexis 11, Kyle 7, Jack 6. Foster daughter 12 weeks.

Highest level of education completed: High school

Organizations and activities: March of Dimes, volunteer; Share your story, volunteer chair; chaired numerous auctions for the March of Dimes. Started local Team Kyle charity.

Top three issues: (in order of priority)

1. Local business support, supporting the businesses already established in Scarborough so we can keep and enhance them. This includes supporting the police department and fire department.

2. Supporting our schools. There seems to be a disconnect in some areas.

3. Cultivating new business. Scarborough has prime business real estate available. Why is it all empty?

Why are you seeking elected office?

It all started with my son Kyle. Because of him, I love this town. The town of Scarborough has been a huge support to our family. From the schools to the police and fire department this town has given us so much support. I want to give back to it in a positive way. I want to support all the businesses in ways they have supported us. I want them to be able to stay and flourish. I want to keep this town a place where my kids can continue to grow up in a safe and stable environment. I want my family and friends to stay in an affordable town with access to all the things towns around us offer. I’m not your typical candidate but I think that’s a good thing. I bring no agenda to the council except town support and growth.

Paul Andriulli, Edward Blaise, Christopher Coon and incumbent Jessica Holbrook are vying for two three-year terms on the Scarborough Town Council. Current Town Councilor Carol Rancourt is being termed out of the position after nine years on the council. The election will be held Tuesday, Nov. 6. The candidates are listed in alphabetical order.

Town Council Two, three-year seats

Name: Paul Andriulli

Age: 56

Position seeking: Three-year term on Town Council

Address: 8 Two Rod Road

Phone: 883-9884

Occupation: President of P.A. Renovations, Inc.

Marital status: Married 34 years

Highest Level of education completed: two years college

Name and location of school or university last attended: Bergen Community College, Paramas, N.J.

Organizations and activities: Italian Heritage Center member, Portland Community Chorus member/ singer, Magic of Christmas member/singer, St. Peter’s choir, lead member of the Crooners

Top three issues: (in order of priority)

1. Keep borrowing and taxes in check

2. Keep the public more informed

3. Keep open conversation with public concerns

Why are you seeking elected office?

I want to give back to the town which has been good to my family. I want to be involved with the decision making process in town. I would like to bring my 30 years of self employment and small business skills to the table. I would like to use my business skills to perhaps ease the concerns of businesses that do live and work in town and also for businesses that would like to move to town

Name: Edward Blaise

Age: 69

Position seeking: Three-year term on Town Council

Address: 18 Forest St.

Phone: 885-5087

Occupation: Retired from International Business Machines after 30 years’ service in management and staff positions.

Marital status: Married, wife Faye

Children/family: Two married sons, three grandchildren

Highest level of education completed: Bachelor of Science in Commerce and Economics

Name and location of school or university last attended: University of Vermont, Burlington, Vt.

Organizations and activities: Current member of Scarborough Personnel Appeals Board, past member of Scarborough Zoning Board of Appeals

Top three issues: (in order of priority)

1. Reduce spending to decrease property tax burden on all taxpayers

2. Implement in all areas of town government sound cost effectiveness programs and practices

3. Protect our fragile shoreland zone to ensure future generations can continue to enjoy the gift we have

Why are you seeking elected office?

After watching our property taxes continue to rise, almost on an annual basis, I have decided to seek election to the Town Council. I believe it is time that our town government begin to manage its finances like all the families in town do. They must learn to understand that the “revenue well” is not bottomless.

They must learn to do a better job of prioritizing what the town spends money on. And most importantly they must start to address many of the inefficiencies that currently exist in town government.

Name: Chris Coon

Age: 45

Position seeking: Threeyear term on Town Council

Address: 4 Meeting House Road

Phone: 730-6769

Occupation: Director, Strategic Analysis and Systems at Maine Medical Center, Portland, responsible for long-range, strategic financial planning for the hospital

Marital status: Single

Children/family: None

Highest level of education completed: Master of Business Administration

Name and location of school or university last attended: Ohio University, Athens, Ohio.

Organizations and activities: In the process of becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocate for abused and neglected Maine children. I’m also a runner and recently completed my first 10K.

Top three issues: (in order of priority)

1. Minimize property tax

2. Attract businesses and families to Scarborough

3. Keep Scarborough on the path of long-term financial stability

Why are you seeking elected office?

While I am an avid observer of the political process, I never considered running for elected office until the town proposed a property tax increase of more than 10 percent.

The town manager referred to it as the “the day of reckoning.” Rather than making the difficult decisions that were needed to adapt to the new reality of lower federal funding, the homeowners of Scarborough were required to foot the bill. Responsible growth, especially where the schools are concerned, is important.

I believe that my experience in strategic financial planning will be an asset that will prevent any future days of reckoning.

Name: Jessica Holbrook

Age: 30

Position seeking: Threeyear term on Town Council

Address: 137 Beechridge Road

Phone: 883-4138

Occupation: Owner/ stylist Great Lengths Salon

Marital status: Married to Ben Holbrook

Children/family: Two children, 14-year-old girl and 11-year-old boy.

Highest level of education completed: Trade school

Name and location of school or university last attended: Pierre’s School of Cosmetology.

Top three issues: (in order of priority)

1. Budgets/economy

2. Growing Business

3. Schools

Why are you seeking elected office?

I’ve greatly enjoyed and appreciate the three years I’ve spent on the council. I would like the opportunity to continue for another three-year term.

I feel that it’s imperative to be respectful and sensitive to the slow economy and to the many hardships seniors and working families are facing. I will keep advocating the balance between department and town financial needs, to what citizens can afford.

As a councilor I will continue to support ideas and changes that create new business and generate tax revenue for Scarborough. I believe we need to remain open minded and encourage new growth at Haigis Park and the Downs.

Successfully funding innovative schools and exciting new programs can be achieved through new tax growth such as Haigis Park and the Downs.

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