MOUNT DESERT — Newcomer Sumner Rulon-Miller has thrown his hat in the ring with incumbents Gail Marshall and Laura Hendricks for two school board seats up for election on Monday May 4. The three candidates are each vying for three-year terms on the school board.
Polls will be open from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. on May 4. For those who cannot attend, absentee voting is scheduled for the Seal Harbor Community Center from 1 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 28. Absentee ballots also are available through the mail and at the town office.
Incumbent Laura Hendricks began her involvement with the school board years ago, serving two consecutive three-year terms. After a short break, she stepped forward to fill a seat vacated by Mia Thompson in October.
Incumbent Gail Marshall is seeking re-election to her third-term. A lawyer, she first joined the school board when her daughter Lauren Kuffler was an eighth-grade student at Mount Desert Elementary. Ms. Marshall and her husband Dr. Julian Kuffler are long-time residents of Somesville.
The longtime Northeast Harbor resident, an insurance man by trade, decided to run because of his involvement with his godchildren Madeline and Carlo Keep. The Keep children are now attending the Mount Desert Elementary School and have flourished there, says Mr. Rulon-Miller. “I’ve seen an extraordinary improvement in confidence they’ve gained through the culture of the school.”