News Feature

Originally published in Castine Patriot, January 31, 2013
Lack of candidates for Penobscot ballot
Still time for write-in candidacy

by Faith DeAmbrose

The deadline to have taken out and returned nomination papers for municipal and school positions has come and gone in Penobscot and the town lacks enough candidates to fill its ballot

Incumbents Paul Bowen and Bill Hutchins returned papers to run again for a three-year term on the board of selectmen and a two-year term as road commissioner, respectively.

Incumbent Jim Goodman returned papers to run again for one three-year seat on the school board, but one three-year term remains without a candidate

There are two open seats on the finance committee (three-year terms) for which no papers were taken out.

Vacant positions on the school board and finance committee can be filled by write-in candidates. Otherwise, the school board can appoint a member for a one-year term, and the selectmen can appoint finance committee members.

Town meeting will begin with the election of officers on Monday, March 4, with the business portion of the meeting taking place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5, at the Penobscot Community School.