Five vie for an open seat on Sullivan board

SULLIVAN — Five candidates are in the running to fill an open seat on the town’s Select Board.

Voters will go to the polls at the town office from noon to 5 p.m. on Feb. 14 for a special election to fill a seat that was vacated by Rusty Gordon on Nov. 23.

Gordon had served 19 consecutive years as a selectman for the town before stepping down.

Biographies of the five candidates, Gerald “Jerry” Erbes, Bethany Leavitt, Reginald “Bud” Means, Becky Sutherland and Kristal Bubar, are on the town’s website.

According to those biographies, Erbes retired from the U.S. Navy and was injured during Operation Desert Storm.

“Every citizen that lives in Sullivan deserves the absolute best representation from their selectmen by the laws of our town, state and nation. Not by personal beliefs or agendas,” Erbes writes. He adds that Sullivan’s children are the future. “We need educators that teach the correct historical facts and not their personal woke beliefs,” he said.

A self-described “military brat,” Erbes was educated in 13 schools both in the United States and abroad.

Leavitt, a civil engineer, has worked in several municipal capacities “developing municipal operating budgets, capital planning budgets, requests for proposals, standard operating procedures, staff workload planning and identifying training needs.”

She served on the town manager search committee and has worked with other town departments.

She “is ready to support and guide Sullivan’s top priorities, including development of the comprehensive plan, real estate revaluation, the old Hastings property and all the other priorities that need to be faced together,” she stated.

Means is a Sumner Memorial High School graduate who writes of the importance of volunteering. He and his wife “are very family [oriented], currently raising a number of children, both biological and foster kids. We take pride in Sullivan; we love this town and enjoy giving back to the community.”

His experience also includes his work “with kids in a group home where I collaborated with the schools and DHHS to make sure the kids’ needs were met.”

Sutherland is a Sullivan native, Sumner graduate and resides in her childhood home.

A retiree of the Department of Transportation, she now works for the District Attorney’s Office in Ellsworth.

She has served terms on the board before. Once, she had to resign due to a work promotion that led her to relocate and family reasons.

Now, the timing is right.

“I am one who would like to keep our small-town values but grow in the right direction as well,” she said.

Bubar has two daughters in the Regional School Unit 24 district and is employed with Northeast Paving.

“I started my career in the Hancock office as a scale attendant and worked my way up to senior office manager,” she said.

Bubar holds an associate degree in business management and a bachelor’s degree in accounting.

“In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, four-wheeling, snowmobiling, fishing, hunting and hanging out down to Spring River,” Bubar said.

Whoever is elected will join Chairman Michael Pinkham and Roger Wakefield on the board

Rebecca Alley

Rebecca Alley

Reporter at The Ellsworth American
Rebecca is the Schoodic-area reporter and covers the towns of Eastbrook, Franklin, Hancock, Lamoine, Sorrento, Sullivan, Waltham, Winter Harbor and Trenton. She lives in Ellsworth with her husband and baby boy who was joyously welcomed in June 2020. Feel free to send tips and story ideas to [email protected]