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Originally published in Castine Patriot, November 3, 2011
Three running unopposed in Castine’s municipal elections

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David Unger, chairman of the Castine board of selectmen

David Unger, chairman of the Castine board of selectmen, at the October 19 meeting of town and Maine Maritime Academy officers.

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by Sharon Bray

With no apparent write-in campaigns, voters will have an opportunity to re-elect three town officers on Election Day, November 8. Polls at Emerson Hall will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.—starting two hours earlier than Castine’s usual 10 a.m.

David Unger seeks a third term on the Board of Selectmen. He said he hopes to work toward completion “or at lease partial closure” on a few major projects, especially infrastructure updates.

Unger would like to continue work on other areas of town business, including economic development, improved town administration, “figuring out sidewalks” for inclusion in the infrastructure project, and continued improvement in the town’s relationship with Maine Maritime Academy.

He has owned a house in Castine for 20 years and lived here full time since 1998. Much of his professional career before retirement was in natural resource conservation, from soil and water to forest service. He worked in Pennsylvania, New York and Washington, D.C.

Since retirement, in addition to serving as a selectman, Unger has focused his energy on music. He plays trumpet with many area musicians, from town and show bands to a brass quintet.

Wendy Knickerbocker seeks another term as a trustee for Witherle Memorial Library.

She said she grew up in Bar Harbor and believes that libraries are important as community centers, especially in small towns like Castine.

A professional librarian with more than 20 years experience, “mostly at colleges,” she came to town to work as librarian at Maine Maritime Academy and is now retired.

“I want Witherle to thrive and survive,” she stated.

Francis “Joe” Spinazola is running for re-election to the school board but would not make himself available for an interview despite numerous attempts to contact him over the course of three weeks. He currently chairs that board.

Wendy Knickerbocker

Wendy Knickerbocker, candidate for re-election to the board of trustees for Castine’s Witherle Memorial Library.

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David Unger, chairman of the Castine board of selectmen

David Unger, chairman of the Castine board of selectmen, at the October 19 meeting of town and Maine Maritime Academy officers.

Photo by Sharon Bray