Clockwise from top left: Seth Hall, Jeremey Miller, Melvin Williams, Jann Minzy and Clinton Collamore
Clockwise from top left: Seth Hall, Jeremey Miller, Melvin Williams, Jann Minzy and Clinton Collamore
Five Candidates for Two Three-Year Terms on Waldoboro Select Board — With voters in several area towns set to decide on the makeup of their select boards on Tuesday, June 13, we asked candidates in contested races in some of those towns to send us, in 250 words approximately, a statement about why they’re running, along with a little bit of biographical information about their background. Following are the sometimes-edited-for-length statements (we had to edit many of the submissions so that they did not exceed by too much the 250-word suggested limit) we received, along with photos from those who submitted one.

Clinton Collamore:

My name is Clinton Collamore. I have lived in this area my entire life. I was born at Miles Memorial Hospital in Damariscotta. I went to Medomak Valley High School, and I graduated from the University of Maine with a bachelor of science degree in public administration, a minor in business, and a certificate in HR management. I worked building ships for the US Navy for 23 years. I was also President and VP of the shipbuilder’s workforce. I own my own commercial fishing business. I am a lobsterman and a commercial clamdigger.

I have been involved in our town for over 20 years in some capacity. I have served on the select board several times, and I have been on many committees — Waldoboro Day, Shellfish Commission, Chair of Sylvania Taskforce, Waldoboro Public Library, and several sub-committees.

I have been married for 36 years to my wife Mary. I have two children and four grandchildren, all from Waldoboro.

I have several goals as a candidate for the select board. First would be to continue the process of creating relationships within our community. We are finally getting back on track. Secondly, we have also hired a new Town Manager. I want to make that work for this town; it has been a long time coming. I could list many goals, but if these two are achieved, this will fix a lot of the other issues. I have spent many, many hours working to make Waldoboro a better community for all. I want to continue to work for this community, and it is an honor to do so. Thank you.

Jann Minzy:

I saw a political sign the other day that said, “Experience Matters.” After sitting on the Waldoboro Select Board for three years, I couldn’t agree more. I’m glad I’m still up for learning, because this job is a real education, or it should be! It’s important to keep in touch with the community, all of the community, not just your friends or like-minded folks. It’s important to read and understand the hefty Elected Official’s Manual put out by MMA. Then, it’s important to use it! It’s important to research topics that may impact your town. And I don’t mean only “google” them. I mean go to meetings, talk to others who have experience, read the laws, bills, etc. and check to make sure your sources are vetted. It takes, time, energy, and a lot of thought. It’s extremely important to have an open relationship with whomever the Town Manager happens to be. Same with the town employees. And it’s also important to know that you are but 20% of this governing body, which means a good dose of compromise and listening is in order. I’ve tried my best to do all of these while keeping my sense of humor intact. I’ve built a good foundation and look forward to continuing up the learning curve.

Please remember that experience does matter, and vote for those who have experience in this important job.

Seth Hall:

Since moving to Gross Neck in Waldoboro in 2009, Hall has served as an alternate on the Transfer Station Committee, as chair of the Planning Board, as a member of the Waldoboro Economic Development Committee and was recently drafted as provisional chair of the EDC’s new Renewable Energy Subcommittee. He is currently on the RSU 40 and Region 8 School Boards.

Hall says the future economic development of Waldoboro is his primary concern. Over the past few years he has invested in several Waldoboro properties, most recently purchasing the former Fieldcrest Manor Nursing Home, and converting it into a small business development space called the BugTussle Brooder.

As board member of Medomak Valley Community Foundation, he is an advocate of converting the former A. D. Gray school building into a community center for Waldoboro. He says the time is right to turn the town-owned asset into a facility that would benefit all residents of Waldoboro, with Head Start programs for toddlers to pre-schoolers, an activity and rec center for teens, and exercise, activity, and meeting rooms for senior citizens. He says MVCF believes the building’s rehabilitation could be done through fund-raising, at no cost to Waldoboro taxpayers, and could be self-sustaining over the long term.

Hall says the Select Board must keep up their efforts to protect and promote the health of the Medomak River, in order to safeguard the economic benefits of the many Waldoboro families that rely on the critical local resource.

Melvin Williams:

“I’m a 64-year-old retired dairy farmer because I’m one-legged,” says Melvin Williams. “That’s why I have time to serve the town now.”

For the past five years, Williams has worked as a volunteer lobbyist on agricultural policy in Augusta for the Maine Farm Bureau and the Maine Dairy Industry Association.

“As a lobbyist, I’ve found out that there’s a lot of things that we don’t have to have that people just tell us they have to have,” he said.

Williams has unsuccessfully run for selectman twice and was defeated in a Republican primary for state representative in 2016. His number-one priority if elected will be to try to control spending.

“Taxes can’t keep going up every year. It’s not the local town government that is causing it, it’s the schools,” said Williams. “I think that we can make the school board come to the select board and tell us why they need this money.… There are five towns in this district and everybody’s [taxes] are going up, but there’s no real explanation.”

His other main priority will be to help fill vacancies on town boards and commissions.

“The town of Waldoboro is now putting a marijuana committee to see what they want to do about the marijuana issue and they want people from both sides and they’re having a hard time getting anybody to participate,” he said. “People complain about government, but they’ve got to get involved.”

If elected, he says, “There will be things that will come up that takes a majority, and I may be the one that’s not in the majority. But somebody has to stand up for what conservatives believe in.”

Jeremey Miller:

I was born and raised here in Waldoboro. At 18, I moved away to Philadelphia, joining the U.S. Navy shortly after. During my time in the Navy, I was injured, breaking my back. After being medically discharged, I moved back to Maine to study Business Management, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering at the University of Southern Maine.

In 2004 I moved to the suburbs of NYC. I specialized in the expansion of small and large companies into new technical fields. In this, I used wasted resources of a business and created entirely new divisions with minimal cost.Then retiring in 2012, I moved back to my hometown. I noticed immediately the change in the town that I left all those years before, business was more scarce, most family-owned places I had known and worked were gone or would be shortly after I moved back.

After opening a restaurant in Waldoboro, Bella Gia’s, with Dawn O’Brien, John Howlett and Susan Johnson-Moody, multiple customers who are not connected in any way had come in individually to specifically ask me to run for an open slot on the Board of Selectmen. I would like to bring my business and accounting experience to the board/town, and try to reconnect the town with the residents through open information and education. I am honored to be given this opportunity by those who nominated me to run.