Originally published in The Weekly Packet, March 26, 2021
Two run for open Brooklin select board seat
by Jeffrey B. Roth
Katherine Bridges and Stacia Nevin are running for the openseat on the Brooklin select board being vacated by Deborah Brewster, a long-term member of the board. Incumbent select board member, William Cohen, is running unopposed for another three years. Also running unopposed are Neil Allen for road commissioner; Tammy Andrews for another three years as treasurer; and Renee Neuner for a three-year term on the school board. There are no candidates running for an open three-year seat on the school board.
Elections will be held from 2 to 6 p.m., Friday, April 2, at the Town Office, 23 Bay Road. Masks will be required for in-person voting, according to Town Clerk Heather Candage. The annual town meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m., Saturday, May 15, in the Brooklin School gym. Social distancing and masking details will be released closer to the date of the meeting.
Katherine Bridges said she decided to run for select board to learn more about town government. The daughter of Sally and Lennie Bridges, she grew up in Penobscot. Her father is an area contractor who coached different sport teams at Penobscot School, “and my mother has spent many years volunteering at the school, the volunteer fire department, Girl and Boy scouts and the Methodist church. She also has been working as a town clerk for the past several years.”
“I went to George Stevens Academy and graduated in 2003; and then continued my education at the University of Maine, Orono, where I graduated in 2008 with a degree in Early Childhood Education,” Bridges said. “I worked for many years at area preschools until I had my own child in 2013 and decided to focus on my family. I have also worked at the Pentagöet Inn in Castine for the last 11 years where I am the dining room manager, and I have worked at Marlintini’s in Blue Hill off and on since 2008. I recently got my real estate license and I am working for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northeast Real Estate in Ellsworth.”
Bridges lives in Brooklin with her fiancé, Chris Wright, and their son, Colton, a second grade student at Brooklin School. In the past, the couple have helped coach basketball and they plan to coach area T-ball and farm league teams this spring, she said.
“I do not have a lot of personal experience working in town politics, but I am ambitious and a fast learner,” Bridges said. “I know that it is a tremendous commitment that can be difficult at times, but I hope that people will vote for me because I truly want to help. If I am elected, I plan on addressing road maintenance issues, ecological issues as well as financial assistance that may be needed by the residents of Brooklin in the wake of the current pandemic. I hope that the people of Brooklin will feel comfortable in reaching out to me with any of their concerns and questions, and I assure them that I will do my best to make their voices heard.”
Stacia Nevin calls “Brooklin my home town because I have lived here longer than anywhere else. My family moved back to Brooklin when I was in middle school. I graduated from George Stevens Academy and went on to earn my Bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine in Orono.”
Nevin and her husband, Crocker, are the parents of three children—their youngest will be graduating from GSA in June and going to college in the fall. As a result, Nevin decided it was a great time to run for office.
“I have always loved this town and I was thrilled (and a little scared) to be asked to run for the select office,” Nevin said. “When I was first asked to run, I thought to myself, ‘why me’ and then once I pondered the question a bit more, I began to think, ‘why not me?’ For the past 23 years, while raising our girls, I have served Brooklin in one way or another and I see the select office as one more opportunity to work for the town that I love.”
When Nevin’s children were attending Brooklin School, she served as president of the Brooklin School PTF for six years, and she volunteered for two years as the secretary for the Brooklin Keeping Society. She was elected to a four-year term on the Brooklin School Board and currently is an EMT/First Responder on the Brooklin Volunteer Fire Department.
“Plans, programs or issues that I will focus on remain to be seen,” Nevin said. “When I was elected to the school board, I was very reserved for the first couple of months. I like to observe and learn the ropes. I’m not the type of person to go into a situation and try to overhaul the entire program. If something comes up, I will then be able to make an informed opinion/decision. I am a take-it-as-it-comes-type of person.”