WESTERNPORT - The Town of Westernport has set the date of Tuesday, May 22, as the municipal election, and three government seats will be on the ballot.

By Jean Braithwaite
Tribune Managing Editor
WESTERNPORT - The Town of Westernport has set the date of Tuesday, May 22, as the municipal election, and three government seats will be on the ballot.
The office of mayor will have a spot on the ballot, and that position is presently being held by Daniel Laffey.
The election for two Westernport commissioners will take place during the municipal election, and the term of office for local commissioners is every four years.
Those whose terms are ending this year include Bob Lupton, finance commissioner, and Fred Pritts, streets commissioner.
Renee Morris, town clerk, said that as of Tuesday, only one person has filed to seek an office, and Bill Mayles has handed in his petition to run for mayor.
Morris added that town residents wishing to register with her to seek one of three council seats must present a petition with 25 signatures of registered voters.
There is also a filing fee of $10 for those seeking the office of mayor and $5 for those wanting to vie for the office of commissioner.
Morris said, “Several citizens has picked up petition papers to run for office, and they have not turned them in yet,” with the candidate nominations registering with the clerk ending on April 24.
Those citizens who are not registered to vote may do so until May 1, and the last day to request absentee ballots is May 8, with the return of the absentee ballots must happen before the polls close on May 22.
Morris said another date for Westernport citizens to remember is May 15, when any “resident not qualified to vote is removed from the books on this day.”
Those selected to be a member of the Westernport council in May will officially take office at the municipal meeting in June.