Filing period opens for Mount Desert office seekers

MOUNT DESERT — Anyone wishing to run for a local office in the May 7 municipal elections may pick up nomination papers at the town clerk’s office starting next Monday, Feb. 12.

The deadline for returning the papers, signed by at least 25 Mount Desert registered voters, is March 23.

One three-year term on the Board of Selectmen is up for election this year. That seat is currently held by Martha Dudman, who said she plans to run for re-election.

Two seats on the Mount Desert School Board are up for election, with the current three-year terms of Heather Jones and Caroline Pryor expiring this year. Jones said she plans to file for re-election. Pryor, who is currently chairman of the Mount Desert board, said she is not running for a third term.

“I feel that I’ve had a good run and offered a lot of input,” she said. “But I have a lot of interests, personal and professional and in the community, and I’d like to apply myself to something different.”

Members of the Mount Desert School Board, like their counterparts in the other MDI towns, also serve on the MDI Regional School System Board and the MDI High School Board.

Two of Mount Desert’s three seats on the MDI High School trustees board, which is responsible for the school’s buildings and grounds, are up for election in May. Tony Smith, who was appointed by the selectmen to fill a vacancy last June, said he plans to run for a three-year term.

Mia Thompson could not be reached for comment on whether she plans to seek re-election.


Dick Broom

Dick Broom

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Dick Broom covers the towns of Mount Desert and Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island High School and the school system board and superintendent's office. He enjoys hiking with his golden retriever and finding new places for her to swim. [email protected]
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