OXFORD – Three candidates are vying for two seats on the Board of Selectmen at the annual town election Tuesday, June 9.

Incumbents Floyd Thayer of East Oxford Road and Dennis Sanborn of Gore Road will face political newcomer Timothy Wing of No. Six Road.

Polls are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m at the police/fire station on Route 26.

For the first time, voters this year will elect officials at the polls, not the annual meeting. Candidates had to take out nomination papers and return them by April 27 with signatures of a minimum of 25 registered voters.

The revision in the election process was required by state law for towns with more than 4,000 resident. That is expected to happen during the 2010 federal census, according to information from Town Clerk Ellen Morrison.

Thayer, 53, is running for his fourth term. A 1973 graduate of Wiscasset High School, he has worked in the trucking industry for the past 36 years. As owner of the Big Rig Shop, a truck repair shop since 1978 and Ed Thayer Inc., a for-hire trucking company since the mid- 1990s, Thayer employs about 50 people, most of whom live in the Oxford Hills area.

Thayer said that bringing jobs to the town is the most important challenge facing Oxford.

“We need to find ways to bring them to Oxford,” he said. “We need to keep taxes low and make this a business-friendly town.”

Thayer has served on a number of committees, including the Planning Board and Budget Committee.

“I enjoy it,” he said of his service to the community. “I feel the board has accomplished quite a few things that have helped to improve the town and there is more to do.”

Sanborn, 71, has served on the board for nine years. He was also a member of the Planning Board. A retired lineman with Central Maine Power for more than 30 years, he was a graduate of Oxford High School.

Sanborn said he and his wife, Olive, a SAD 17 director, have been active in the community for many years. Among his activities has been helping build a ball field at the town beach 30 years ago and coaching Little League in the 1970s.

Sanborn said his experience on the board is helpful to the newer board members. “I know a lot of things that have happened in the past and have been helpful on the board,” he said.

Sanborn said resolution of tax issue at the former Robinson woolen mill is a high priority. Others are finishing up road repair jobs and spending more money on cemetery care.

Timothy Wing, 41, recently retired after 21 years from the Army Reserve, which has freed him up to run for office.

“I’ve always wanted to, but I never had the time,” he said.

Wing works for the Bureau of Motor Vehicles as a commercial driver’s license examiner for truckers. Although he was involved in student government activities at the University of Southern Maine where he received a social work degree, he said running for elected office is a new venue for him.

A member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1071 in Auburn and the American Legion Post in Oxford, Wing said he is concerned about several issues in town.

“Right now it’s just growth and industry,” Wing said. “I want to see what we’re going to do with Robinson’s mill. I’m not certain. I’d like to see some growth and some business back in town rejuvenating industry.”

“I’m anxious to serve,” he said.

Also taking out nomination papers for re-election are John Palmer of Coldwell Lane for the SAD 17 Board of Directors, fire Chief Scott Hunter of Route 121 in Otisfield, and Oxford Water District Trustee Penny Lowe of Pleasant Street.


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