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Originally published in Castine Patriot, January 10, 2019
All-women race highlights Penobscot nominations

by Monique Labbe

Nominations closed in Penobscot on January 3, and while the race for the open seat on the board of selectmen will be contested, longtime selectman Paul Bowen will not be among the candidates.

Bowen’s seat is the open seat on the board; however, he did not take out or return papers, according to Town Clerk Sally Bridges. That leaves an opening for a new member to step in, and three people have answered the call. Sylvia Tapley, Toni Staples and Janine Kimball all returned papers for the position, making it an all-women race to be voted on prior to town meeting in March.

James Goodman returned papers for his open seat on the Penobscot School Board; however, a second open seat, occupied by Fred Briehl, did not yield any interest. Briehl, who was nominated to the board in 2016, said he would not be back for a second term during a meeting held in mid-2018.

The seats on the Finance Committee are also still open, according to Bridges.

Elections will take place on March 4, with town meeting scheduled for March 5.