The Westbrook Republican City Committee unanimously nominated Lyle Cramer to fill the Ward Three seat on the Westbrook City Council, which was vacated when Ed Symbol resigned in early March to fill a vacated seat on the Westbrook School Committee.
Speaking before the twenty-four members present, Cramer stated his three priorities as City Councilor would be the city's budget, the proposed Stroudwater Place development, and recycling. Cramer pointed to his considerable experience dealing with budgets (he's a former City Councilor and Cumberland County Commissioner); supports the proposed Stroudwater Place, but wants to ensure it's aesthetically-pleasing; and said he wants to study the recycling issue further before he declares a preference for either pay-per-bag or automated pick-up. Cramer is also skeptical about a commission instituted to study the City Charter, because he thinks the City Council is too busy to take on such a labor-intensive and potentially divisive issue.
Now that he's been nominated by Westbrook Republicans, Cramer will either be approved or opposed by the Westbrook City Council at tomorrow night's meeting. To give an idea of how that might go, Committee Chairwoman Martha Day said that the City Council's never rejected the preference of a political party before.
- John C.L. Morgan