2013-09-13 / Front Page

Elections taking shape

By Michael Kelley Staff Writer

Scarborough’s leadership on the Town Council is up for re-election this November as Council Chairman Ron Ahlquist and Vice- Chairman Judy Roy seek additional time on the board.

Ahlquist and Roy, both longtime Town Council members, will be challenged by three individuals, all of whom have appeared on Scarborough ballots before. Up for grabs at the Nov. 5 election are two, three-year terms on the Town Council.

One challenger, Carol Rancourt, will look to return to the Town Council. Rancourt, who served nine years on the council, could not seek re-election last November, due to term limits. She was replaced by Councilor Ed Blaise.

William Donovan, a resident of Higgins Beach who lost to Councilor Kate St. Clair in a two-way race to finish the last two years of former councilor Karen D’Andrea’s term, is again pursuing a seat on the council. Prior to moving to Scarborough, Donovan served on several town boards while working as a lawyer in New Hampshire.

Jean-Marie Caterina, owner and real estate broker with the Caterina-MacLean Group, has set her sights on an open council seat after running last year to replace Heather Sirocki as District 128 representative in the Maine Legislature. She lost by 116 votes.

Ahlquist, a park ranger at Crescent Beach State Park, has served more than 10 years on the council, including the last two as council chairman.

Roy, who has served as vice chairman for the last two years and chairman prior to that, is looking to return to her third consecutive term on the council. Prior to being elected in 2007, Roy, the chairman of the council’s finance committee, had served three terms on the council in the 1990s.

The election for two open threeyear terms on the Scarborough Board of Education is much less contentious.

John Cole, chairman of the board’s long range facilities planning committee and member of the policy committee, will be looking to continue his service to Scarborough schools. Cole is coming to the end of his second three-year term on the board. The other vacant seat is a result of former board member Aymie Hardesty resigning earlier this summer due to personal reasons.

Cole is being challenged by Scarborough parents, Jane Leng, a vocal supporter of the school system, especially during budget hearings and Jodi Shea, secretary of the Scarborough Education Foundation and former president at the Scarborough primary school parent-teacher association.

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