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Candidates Night (Town Council Vacancy)

Candidates Night (Town Council Vacancy)

A vacancy on the Scarborough Town Council will be filled during the June 14 election—here is a first opportunity to learn about the candidates running:

The Scarborough Community Chamber of Commerce sponsored a Candidates Night forum to meet the three candidates running to fill the open seat. It was held on April 27 at 7:00pm in Council Chambers at Town Hall, moderated by SEDCO Board Member Kevin Freeman. This is an opportunity to hear from the three Town Council candidates about their vision for Scarborough and ask any questions of them that you may have.

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Meet the Candidates

Peter Freilinger is a consultant and entrepreneur living in the Blue Point neighborhood. He grew up in Cape Elizabeth and after graduating from Harvard, spent 25 years building a career in finance and banking. He has held senior executive roles in San Francisco, Seattle, Alberta and London, and returned home to Scarborough in 2018 to be closer to family. His son is a fourth-grader at Wentworth and he is largely running to set an example to his son of civic engagement and being involved in the community. Freilinger serves on the Zoning Board of Appeals and the Long Range Planning committee for Scarborough, and helped craft the 2021 Comprehensive Plan for our town.

Nicholas McGee is a native Mainer and moved to Scarborough in 2010 with his wife and three children. He has a BA in political science and history from Providence College and is small business owner of Summit Property Management. McGee is an active member of the Scarborough community; he has served on the Scarborough Planning Board for 8 years, two as chairman, and was chair of the Ad Hoc Charter Review committee. He has also coached little league for 3 years and ran for Town Council in 2020.

Martin (Marty) Topol is a lawyer at Verrill Dana. He is a Princeton undergrad and graduated from University of Michigan Law in 2016. He has served as a law clerk for the US Court of Appeals in New Hampshire, and was an intelligence analyst for the FBI criminal investigative division in Washington D.C. Topol moved to Scarborough from Boston 18 months ago and lives here with his wife and dog. He is running for Town Council because he believes that public service is an important civic responsibility.

Hear their full bios and opening statements from Candidates Night in the YouTube video recording or airing regularly on Scarborough Community TV channel 3. They also responded to public questions around growth and its impact on infrastructure and town services, and their viewpoints on key Town issues like the Library expansion, affordable housing, and the Downs exemption.

The election to fill this vacancy will be held on June 14. Early voting begins May 16. Learn more about Scarborough elections and voter registration.