Candidates File for Town and School District Offices

February 17, 2017



by Barbara O’Brien

The filing period for candidates for political office in Windham ended at 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 3, with only a few contested races being recorded.

Two of the major races this year centers on a couple of seats up for grabs on the Windham School Board.  Incumbents Ken Eyring and Rob Breton are both approaching the end of their first three-year term as school board members.  Both Eyring and Breton, however, are both seeking re-election to second three-year terms.

Eyring and Breton are facing some competition, however.  Also filing for a three-year seat on the Windham School Board are Cynthia Finn and Kelleigh McAllister.  Finn has been active in recent years working with committees dedicated to solving the space crunch in the Windham School District.  She is also a regular attendee at school board meetings.  McAllister attends occasional school board meetings, expressing various concerns about health and safety issues in the school district.

Two seats on the Windham Board of Selectmen are also up for election this year.  Long-term Selectman Bruce Breton (no relation to school board member Rob Breton) and current Chairman Joel Desilets are facing the end of their current three-year terms.  Both Desilets and Breton have filed for another three-year term in that capacity.  They are being challenged by former Selectman Galen Stearns.

Running for three-year seats on the Windham Planning Board are incumbents Margaret Crisler and Paul Gosselin and alternate board member Matthew Rounds.  Incumbent Mark Samsel is running unopposed for a three-year seat on the Windham Zoning Board of Adjustment.

Doreen Demone is running unopposed as a Trustee of the Trust Funds; Barbara Coish is unopposed in seeking another term as a Trustee of the Cemetery; and Neelima Gogumalla and Mark Branoff are candidates for trustees of the Nesmith Library.

The annual Candidate’s Night will be Thursday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. at Windham Town Hall.  The public is encouraged to attend and learn more about those who seek office.  A question-and-answer session will be conducted during the evening.  Refreshments will be served.

Election Day is scheduled for Tuesday, March 14.  Polls will be open to voters from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. at Windham High School.  Residents may register to vote on the day of the election.