Election: 3 candidates vie for Topsham selectman seats

October 4th, 2017 by admin Leave a reply »
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TOPSHAM — No one running for the Board of Selectmen is a stranger to local politics.

Two incumbents and a former candidate are on the Nov. 7 ballot.

Selectmen David Douglass of Foreside Road and Ruth Lyons of Jesse Road are seeking re-election. Douglass was first elected in 2011, and Lyons in 2014.

John Graham of Pleasant Street, who ran unsuccessfully last year against Selectmen Marie Brillant and Bill Thompson, is challenging the incumbents.

David Douglass

Douglass, 44, is married, has two children, and has lived in Topsham since 2001. He was a firefighter-emergency medical technician with the Brunswick Fire Department from 1996-2006, a captain with the Topsham Fire Department from 1998-2004, and has worked in sales and marketing with the Reynolds American tobacco company since 2006.

Douglass served on the Finance Committee from 2002-2011, and was its chairman from 2009-2011. He stepped down when he was elected to the Board of Selectmen.

“I’ve really enjoyed doing what I’m doing,” he said Sept. 29 of his time on that panel. “… I love the challenge of what I call Topsham’s change and the rate of change.”

That challenge is about balancing the future with the past – understanding what has made Topsham a special town and retaining its character, while exploring new services, Douglass said.

“Every time something is asked for, it’s got a price tag, and you’ve got to prioritize that,” he noted.

The impact on Topsham and other municipalities from marijuana legislation being passed at the state level is one issue Douglass expects to tackle

Article source: http://www.theforecaster.net/election-3-candidates-vie-for-topsham-selectman-seats/

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