On June 14, 2022, Sanford and Springvale voters will go to the polls for three separate elections:
- The School District Budget Validation Referendum
- The Democratic and Republic primaries for state and county offices
- The Special Election to fill the vacant City Council seat
You may call the City Clerk’s Office at 324-9125 to request an absentee ballot for the election or request one online here. The Clerk’s office is open 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday for absentee voting requests and voter registration. There will be extended hours for absentee voting on Thursday June 9 and Friday June 10 until 5:00 p.m. Absentee voting takes place in the City Council Chambers on the third floor.
Go to sanfordmaine.org/voterregistration for a voter registration application, a list of polling places and more election information. June 9 is the deadline to request an absentee ballot online, or to request one in person without a reason.
School Budget Validation: Information about the Fiscal Year 2023 school budget is available at sanford.org/page/fiscal-year-2023-budget-information.
Apportionment: Every ten years, House and Senate districts are adjusted so that each legislator represents roughly the same number of people. The map above shows the newly redrawn State Representative districts for most of Sanford/Springvale. Check the map and the list below to see who your candidates will be. The most notable change is that South Sanford is no longer lumped together in the same district with parts of Kennebunk, Ogunquit and York—the new district is wholly within the boundaries of Sanford. However, the district that includes Springvale has expanded to include the towns of Shapleigh and Newfield. Please note this change in the districts has no effect on where you vote. Vote in your usual polling place or check with the City Clerk’s office if you are unsure where to vote.
Primary election: Candidates for statewide and countywide office will appear on their respective party’s ballot. There is only one primary contest (more than one candidate for a party nomination) in Sanford/Springvale, which is for the District 141 Democratic party nomination.
Candidates for State Representative:
- District 141: Patty Kidder (D), Jack McAdam (D), Lucas Lanigan (R)
- District 142: Joseph Hanslip (D), Pamela Buck (R)
- District 143: Wesley Davie (D), Matthew Toth (R)
Candidates for State Senate:
- District 33: Kendra Williams (D), Matthew Harrington (R)
Apportionment has also affected our State Senate district. Although it has the same district number it had before, the boundaries have changed. It no longer includes Shapleigh and the towns to the north of it; but it now includes Alfred and Lebanon as well as Waterboro.
The June 14 ballot will also include your party’s candidates for U.S. House of Representatives, Governor, Sheriff, and other offices.
Maine has a third political party, the Green Independent Party, but no GIP candidates have filed for a primary in our area. The Green Independents should not be confused with unenrolled voters (those who don’t affiliate with any party), who are often referred to as independent.
The Democratic and Republican primary winners will face off in the November 8 general election and may be joined by non-party/unenrolled candidates, who have until June 1 to complete the filing process with the state, and by write-in candidates, who have until September 9 to file an official declaration of write-in candidacy.
City Council Special Election: The Candidates to fill the vacancy on the City Council until the end of this year are Nathaniel Hitchcock, Michael W. Termath and Dennis R. Woodruff. They will each be allotted five minutes to speak at the City Council meeting on May 17, to introduce themselves to voters.
Sample ballots for the City Council election and School Budget Validation can be viewed here.