DAMARISCOTTA — Five people are running for select board in Damariscotta to replace one seat vacated by the resignation of George Parker earlier this year when he moved out of town.

The position will run through June 2020. The five candidates are Elizabeth Printy, Katherine Blount, Larry Sidelinger, Lou Abbotoni, and Lorraine Faherty.
Printy runs a private voice studio out of her home in addition to her teaching position at Bowdoin College. She has served on the board of the Heartwood Theater and as president of alumni for the New England Conservatory of Music. Locally, she’s also served on the town budget committee, and is currently serving on the Twin Villages Alliance/Villages of Light committee.

Printy said she’s running for the seat to “preserve overall sustainability and quality of life for residents of Damariscotta.”

“Reasonable property taxes, encouraging small business development while preserving the historic character and integrity of our coastal town,” she said are all ways she said she hopes to serve on the board.

Sidelinger is a 65-year-old Damariscotta native, who owns Yankee Pride Transport, Inc., a trucking company based in Damariscotta that employs over 20 people. He has taken an active roll in the town’s Pumpkinfest celebration for several years, and also been involved with hurricane relief efforts by providing transportation.

“My motivation for running is what I feel has been a lack of accountability and transparency with town management. I understand as a businessman the many hurdles that are involved running a business and feel that these experiences would be very beneficial as a selectman,” said Sidelinger. “And I am at a point in my life that I can commit the necessary time to doing a good job for the taxpayers of Damariscotta.”

Abbotoni is 76 years old and has been a resident of Damariscotta for 45 years. A certified public accountant, Abbotoni started his own CPA practice and operated it for 40 years before recently retiring. He served on the Damariscotta School Board for nine years, the Spectrum Generations board for nine years, and has also served on the Pemaquid Watershed, Skidompha, and other boards.

He identifies elder care; increasing the tax base through responsible residential and commercial development; and support of local school, police, and fire departments as key to his goals if elected.

“A position on the select board became available and some friends asked me to run for the position,” said Abbotoni of his motivations. “I agreed as I feel I can contribute my skills to solving community problems.”

Faherty is 70 years old and moved to Damariscotta full time in 2009, after frequently visiting her father at his home in New Harbor. She is a retired attorney who served in the office of public defender in Monterey California for 25 years.

Prior to that, she was the assistant executive director of United Way of Monterey County. Faherty has also served on several nonprofit boards in the Damariscotta area, including the Lincoln Home in Newcastle. She is also past president and current secretary of the Rotary Club of Damariscotta-Newcastle.
Faherty said she’s running out of “a desire to bring common sense, civility and issue spotting to town government.” Balancing the need to preserve culture and history with the need to move towards the future is a key part of her motivation for running, as well.

“Having chosen to live here, I really love the town and want to contribute to its present and future,” she said.

As of press deadline, Blount could not be reached for comment.

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