BUCKSPORT — Anyone interested in serving on the Bucksport Town Council or the Regional School Unit 25 (RSU 25) School Board has until the end of August to complete the paperwork necessary to get on the November ballot.
Four Town Council seats — those currently held by David Kee, Belle Ryder and Byron Vinton, along with the one now vacant following the death of Jeff Robinson Sr. — and one School Board seat (currently held by Peter Stewart) will be on Bucksport’s municipal ballot this fall.
Three of the council seats and the School Board seat carry a three-year term. Those terms begin at the first meeting in January of each respective body.
For the vacant seat that had been held by Robinson, Town Clerk Kathy Downes said a two-year unexpired term will be on the November ballot.
Whoever is elected to replace Robinson can begin serving as soon as he or she is sworn in (potentially at the first council meeting following the election, on Thursday, Nov. 8). The term will then run through January of 2015.
Downes said the council may decide to appoint someone to fill Robinson’s seat between now and November. The council could act on that issue at its July 26 meeting.
To get on the ballot, an interested individual needs to get nomination papers at the town office and collect signatures from between 25 and 100 registered voters in Bucksport, and return the paperwork to the office by Friday, Aug. 31.
Vinton has already returned completed papers. The only other person to take out nomination papers for a council seat as of July 24 is Caleb Carter, though Downes said he has not yet returned them.
On the School Board side, no one had taken out nomination papers as of July 24.