John Jenkins (left) and Gordon Page
John Jenkins (left) and Gordon Page
A former mayor of both Lewiston and Auburn and the executive director of Rockland Main Street Inc. are running to fill an Owls Head select board seat left vacant by the death of Wayne Meserve. Residents John Jenkins and Gordon Page have both expressed interest in serving the two years left in the three-year term and will be nominated from the floor of a town meeting at the Owls Head Community Building on Monday, August 27, at 7 p.m. Incumbent Selectman Tom Von Malder is also seeking re-election for a three-year term on the board.

A martial arts expert, business consultant, educator and motivational speaker, John Jenkins was the mayor of Lewiston from 1994 to 1998, a state senator from 1996 to 1998 and mayor of Auburn from 2007 to 2009. He is currently running as an independent write-in candidate for governor and operates a new wellness center called the John Jenkins Academy at 216 Main Street (Route 73) in Rockland. If elected, Jenkins said he would draw on his municipal experience and propose programs he championed in Lewiston and Auburn, like starting a regional agreement with other towns to share services.

“You don’t need two of everything,” said Jenkins. “You can start sharing and putting your nickels together to stretch your dollars further and still provide quality services.”

He said he would also like to introduce programs to encourage youth mentorship, outreach to elderly and vulnerable residents and to use revenue from public-owned and donated wood to help moderate-income people pay for heating.

Page, who currently serves as the executive director of the economic development nonprofit Rockland Main Street Inc., said he would like to look at broadening the tax base, sharing public services with other communities and addressing shorefront access

“There is no need for families who for generations have used the shore for recreation to have to do battle with others who have had the good fortune to more recently discover Owls Head as their occasional vacation retreat,” wrote Page.