*Meet the Candidates - July 14, 2020*

Town Council - At-Large (1 Seat Available)

Carlton Albright

My name is Carlton W. Albright but everybody knows me as “Will”.  I was born and raised in New York City and moved to Cumberland, Maine 6 years ago with my wife and two daughters.  Now we have three.  I am a film, television and news producer and have worked with all sorts of different people from the FBI, celebrity chefs, comedians, mayors, congressmen, the Boston Police, US Attorneys, gang members, victims and everyday people just trying to make their community better.  Since my move to Maine, my career as a filmmaker has been put on the backburner and I have focused more on my daughters and being active in the community.

I am running for Town Council to serve my community and bring my own perspective and experience to a town that I love and call home.  Being a father of three daughters, nine and under, the school system is very important to me.  We need to maintain our exceptional school system and make sure it meets the needs of our growing population.  As our town grows, we need to strike a balance between expansion and taking care of the needs of current residents.  Important decisions will be made in the next few years and I want to act in a fiscally responsible way and ensure all members of our community are reflected in those decisions. Democracy is important to me and part of democracy is having a choice at the ballot box.  The last two elections for this seat have been unopposed.

Thomas Gruber

Tom Gruber has lived with his wife Margie in Cumberland for the last 37 years. He has served on the Cumberland Town Council for 9 years and has had the opportunity to serve on all of the current committees and commissions. He is the President of the Cumberland Food Pantry and has served on numerous Boards over the years including acting as the Board President for Preble Street, Treasurer of Southern Maine Agency on Aging, and Vice President of the Vet2Vet Board which serves veterans in Cumberland County. He is also the Chair of the Municipal Oversight Committee of the Community Block Committee for Cumberland County. Before “retirement”, Tom was the Vice President of Operations at Mercy Hospital and later a Senior Vice President at Catholic Health East. Tom is a retired Army officer and is very active in helping veterans. Tom has umpired both softball and baseball for over 20 years in the community.  He now is a consultant in Supply Chain Management for health organizations.

Town Council - Cumberland Center (1 Seat Available)

Allison Foster

My husband and I moved back to Maine in 2012 with our then 13 month old son.  Looking for a town that felt like home to grow and raise our family, it’s no surprise we landed in Cumberland.  We have loved making Cumberland our home and have quickly stocked up on Greely Gear, replacing my husband’s Yarmouth Clippers, for our boys and whole family alike.  Once our oldest entered the school system, I wanted to get involved and help so I spent two years on the Greely PTO board as co-treasurer.  After my two-year term ended, I stepped down to allow new perspectives and enthusiasm to continue the great work the PTO does for the community.  After a year of more time on my hands than I’m used to, it seemed like the right time to serve the community in a new way.  I’ve worked in the property and casualty insurance industry for the last 17 years building my career in strategic roles that require collaboration, pragmatic decision making and engagement of various stakeholders.  I’d like to think these skills translate well to optimize the wonderful community we have in Cumberland.  With growth and change clearly on the horizon for our town, I believe my perspective as a business professional combined with my desire to support the diverse needs of our community make me the right candidate to serve as your town councilor.

Jason Record

I proudly grew up in Maine and after some time away, in 2012, I happily moved to Cumberland with my wife and 3 kids (Riley-12, Kelsey-10 and Colin-7).  I’ve been self-employed most of my life and currently run two successful small businesses.  I like to innovate and build balanced systems for the long-term; I like to look at the big picture but believe that success depends on the details of a well-balanced and well-designed system to accomplish the intended outcome, and for true sustainability.

I’d like to preserve what we love about our wonderful town but see a better balance between spending, growth and sustainability.  I believe our current trajectory cannot continue at the same rate successfully; I don’t want our town to have to go through a “correction” – flattening our own curve makes for a better long-term approach.  I’d like to see an approach that keeps our kids at the top of education, allows our seniors to stay here affordably, and keeps the kind, peaceful and safe feel of our town for all.  Please visit
www.jasonrecordmaine.com and my Facebook page https://fb.me/jasonrecordmaine to stay connected and offer your input.

Bill Stiles

Married, 5 children – (All Cumberland taxpayers), 15 grandchildren, & 7 great grandchildren. BS microbiology U of M, MS Virology UNH, Retired business owner (Maine Insurance Agency), Director of 2 Local Insurance Companies and member of Cumberland Farmers Club. 34 years as a 4H leader, 33 years as a Cumberland EMT retiring as a paramedic, and a local farmer raising beef and pigs.

I am seeking reelection to continue and stabilize our town budget especially since we reduced our current budget due to the current times and to keep the town’s portion of the taxes as low as possible. I have a working and institutional knowledge of TIFs, Bond debt schedule and capital improvements which need careful oversight due to the current financial crisis. I still feel the need to monitor my 4H food pantry program which raises monies to provide a fresh source of protein for the food pantry. I also want to stay involved with the committees that I am on to provide continued guidance and be involved in the  raising of funds to place an addition on the library for the library and historical society needs.

MSAD #51 Board of Director Candidates (2 Seats Available)

Tyler McGinley

I returned to Cumberland, my hometown, to raise my family here and be an instrument of change in my "new" and "old" community. I have two children, one heading into 1st grade and the second joining MIW in another year. I currently work for the Chebeague & Cumberland Land Trust and can always be found either in the woods or along the coast. 

I am running for a second term because the work is endless- and I am eager to continue. The MSAD#51 Board of Directors requires the ability to listen. Not only to our residents, but also our staff and, most importantly, our students. In the past three years, while learning as much as I possibly could about our district from a board perspective, I have met our community with an open ear and the ability to create change by making connections. I am committed to continuing to show up for all of us.

Michael Williams

I have spent my professional career advocating for a clean environment and good jobs for working people. In my personal time, I have sincerely enjoyed and appreciated getting involved in our community by serving on the boards of Foundation51, the Casco Bay Branch of the YMCA and Allen Avenue Unitarian Universalist church. My happiest times are spent with my extraordinary wife Tara,  daughter Marilyn (4th Grade, GMS), and son John (1st Grade, MIW).

I am running to serve on MSAD51's school board because I believe that few things are more important than investing in education and community. Our schools are core to both, and I hope to be a voice for parents, teachers and everyone in our community who want our school system to serve as a vibrant center of our community now and for many years to come.

State Representative Candidates (1 Seat Available)

Stephen W. Moriarty

Raised in Hallowell and Auburn, I attended Bowdoin College, served three years in the U.S. Army, and came home to enroll in the University of Maine School of Law. I spent the majority of my legal career with a firm in Portland and retired at the end of 2018.

My wife Pam and I have lived in Cumberland for 37 years and our family includes two daughters, a son in law, and a grandson. Over three decades of my life have been spent in public service to the town. I was a member of the Town Council for a total of over 21 years before first representing the town in the Legislature in 2012 - 2014. Appointment to the Planning Board followed in 2015 and I was once again elected to the House of Representatives in 2019.

Current volunteer activities include Vice Chairperson of the Cumberland Historical Society, the Community Food Pantry, the Cumberland Area Rides Program, and Portland Adult Education.

We confront major challenges in stopping the pandemic and restoring our way of life as quickly as possible. I am dedicated to the people of Cumberland and the unsurpassed character of our community. With economic development and forward-looking policies we will invigorate and preserve Maine’s fundamental values and enduring strengths.

Phone: 829-5095

Michael Timmons

I present this to the voteres in Cumberland and Gray as they make a decision to elect a candidate who can make a positive contribution as we work hard to help restore business and put our people back to work. My work ethic started on a Dairy Farm when I was very young. I have retired as President of Cumberland Fair and would like to return to Augusta and represent you. Thank you.

You can reach me at 207-653-9783 and I will return your call. I will need your support and efforts working together. We must make every effort as a team to help our people.