2017-11-09 / Front Page

Saco mayoral victory creates county vacancy

By TAMMY WELLS
Senior Staff Writer

ALFRED —Marston Lovell’s election as mayor of Saco means he’ll be giving up his current post as a York County Commissioner, because the offices are considered incompatible under state law.

That means there will be a vacancy on the five-member board. Lovell’s term as county commissioner expires Dec 31, 2018.

Lovell on Wednesday said he planned to submit his resignation to his fellow commissioners effective Dec. 1. He will be inaugurated as Saco Mayor a few days later, on Dec. 4.

The vacancy will be filled through an appointment by Gov. Paul LePage. 

Deputy Secretary of State for Elections Julie Flynn said  the party of the vacating commissioner will caucus and provide several names to the governor, from which he will make a choice. The individual must be a resident of one of the communities in County Commission District 3 which includes Buxton, Dayton, Hollis, Old Orchard Beach and Saco.

The person appointed by the Governor will serve through the end of Lovell’s term.

Lovell, a Republican, is a former Saco city councilor. He was elected to the York County Board of Commissioners in November 2014.

He said he has enjoyed his work as a county commissioner, and made it a point to periodically check in with select boards and councils in his districts. he is a fan of local government, both county and municipal.

“I’ve always looked at local office as responsive and responsible to constituents,” said Lovell, in part.

 York County Republican Committee Chairman Jim McCarthy said a caucus to select candidates to present to the governor would be scheduled.

— Senior Staff Writer Tammy Wells can be contacted at 324-4444 (local call in Sanford) or 282-1535, ext. 327 or twells@journaltribune.com.

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