In municipal elections for 2015, Waldoboro voters will decide contested elections for two seats on the board of selectmen and three seats on the budget committee, according to information provided by Town Clerk Linda Perry.
Competing for two three-year terms on the select board are incumbent Ted Wooster, former Selectman Bob Butler, Shellfish Conservation Committee Chair Abden Simmons, and Katherine Winchenbach.
Selectman Carl Cunningham is not running for re-election.
Cunningham said the biggest reason behind his decision not to run was due to the amount of complaints he receives regarding Town Manager Linda-Jean Briggs and the decisions she makes, and because he can’t do anything about it due to other selectmen.
“The amount of time I’ve spent on the phone and listening to complaints is unbelievable,” Cunningham said.
“Maybe I can do more off the board than I can on the board. I’m not going away,” he said.
In response, Briggs said she was hired to follow the town’s policies and ensure others do as well.
“I never expected to please everyone. That isn’t the way that municipal government works, but I will look at and make decisions on what I believe is the best for the town of Waldoboro,” Briggs said.
Three three-year terms are open on the budget committee.
Incumbents William Blodgett, John Higgins, and Craig Lewis are challenged by former budget committee member Ellen Winchenbach and Mary Sidelinger.
For seats on the Regional School Unit 40 Board of Directors, incumbents Lynda Letteney and Sandra O’Farrell are unopposed for three-year terms.
Likewise, Waldoboro Utility District Board of Trustees members Jeffrey McNelly and Gordon Webster are unopposed for re-election for three-year terms.