Voters in Paris, Sumner and Oxford will go to the polls Tuesday to make local decisions as well as vote on the five statewide questions on the ballot.

Oxford voters will vote for a new selectman in a three-way race, the first contested election for the board in two years.

Peter Cushman, Peter Laverdiere and William Sanborn are running for a two-year term on the board to fill the seat left vacant after Selectman Dennis Sanborn died in May.

Town Clerk Ellen Morrison said she anticipated light voter turnout on Tuesday, but expected the Board of Selectmen race to bring out more residents than other off-year elections, which have no state and national candidates on the ballot. Oxford polls are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Public Safety Building.

In Sumner, voters will be asked whether they want to withdraw from the RSU 10 school district and appropriate $20,000 to fund a three-person Withdrawal Committee that will negotiate an agreement to leave the 12-town district.

If a final agreement is reached between the town and RSU 10, voters will need to approve it in a future election. 

Organizers submitted a petition to put the withdrawal question on the ballot to the Board of Selectmen in June. At the time, petitioners said the high cost of education and lack of local control in RSU 10 were top reasons behind the effort to pull out of the district.

Buckfield, which was part of the former SAD 39 along with Sumner and Hartford, voted to withdraw from RSU 10 in June, and its Withdrawal Committee has been meeting for months. Activists in Buckfield and Sumner have said the withdrawal effort will only be successful if all three towns leave the district. Sumner polls are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the town’s municipal complex.

In Paris, voters are presented with an amendment to the town’s Special Amusement Ordinance, which replaces the existing ordinance adopted in 1978.

The ordinance regulates permitting for establishments that sell alcohol and also have live entertainment like music or dancing. Specifically, it prohibits sexually themed entertainment. Polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Paris Fire Department.

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