News Feature

Originally published in Castine Patriot, January 24, 2019
Write-in candidate seeks seat on school board

by Anne Berleant

A relatively new member of the community has declared himself a write-in candidate for the Penobscot School Committee after learning that only one person, incumbent Jim Goodman, had submitted nomination papers for two empty seats.

“Being new to the community (relocated here as a permanent resident last May), I would not wish to insert myself before a longtime, well-known resident, but if the seat is to remain open, I am interested,” Edward DeVito wrote in a letter to Penobscot Community School Principal Jay Corbin, shared with the Castine Patriot. DeVito also let Town Clerk Sally Bridges know of his intention to run as a write-in candidate.

Currently a volunteer at the school, DeVito was previously employed part-time with the Oregon Trail School District in Sandy, Oregon, as an on-call teacher’s aide and facilities custodian for six years prior to his relocation to Penobscot. He has also served on the Sandy, Oregon, Library Advisory Board, and for nearly a decade on the Board of Directors of the Portland, Oregon Regional Group of the Horseless Carriage Club of America.