Town meeting will resume to adjourn

TREMONT — The annual town meeting here has been in recess since May 10 while officials sorted through the large number of write-in candidates for three open seats on the Mount Desert Island High School Board of Trustees.

The meeting will reconvene Tuesday, June 14, at 8 a.m. at the town office, the same day as the state primary election. There, it is expected that moderator Frank Gray will announce there will be no run-off elections for the trustee positions and adjourn the meeting, according to interim Town Clerk Joelle Nolan.

No candidates for a one-year, a two-year and a three-year seat on the board of trustees were on the May 9 ballot. In only one case did a write-in candidate receive more than one vote. Herbert Shaw received two votes for the two-year seat but has not responded to attempts to contact him to see if he is willing to serve, Nolan said.

Town officials anticipated the need for a run-off election because there could have been two or more write-in candidates that wanted to serve as a trustee. That was far from the case. Only one person stepped forward to fill a seat.

David “Jed” Campbell, a former member of the town’s Warrant Committee and Recreation Board, is to fill the one-year seat, Nolan said.

The legislative act which created the regional high school states that any vacancies shall be filled temporarily by appointment by the municipal officers of the town.

Filling the two vacancies is now “up to the selectmen,” Nolan said.

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