By Doug Ireland
---- — SANDOWN — Interim treasurer Bruce Cleveland faces a challenge from two other candidates in next week’s election.
Cleveland, James Devine and Erica Olsen seek election to a two-year term as treasurer. The election is Tuesday.
Cleveland, who heads the Budget Committee, was appointed interim treasurer in January as a replacement for Marie Buckley.
Buckley, re-elected to a three-year term last year, stepped down for personal reasons after serving for treasurer for nearly a decade.
Cleveland said he would like to remain in the position, but must defeat Devine, a longtime public servant, and Olsen. She declined to submit a candidate profile to The Eagle-Tribune.
Devine is well known in town, serving as a state representative, selectman and School Board member. He is in his seventh year as a selectman and served on the School Board for 18 years, including two stints as chairman.
Devine has also been a Republican member of the House of Representatives since 2006.
Occupation: Technical project manager
Elective experience: Budget Committee
What do you plan to do if elected? Continue performing the treasurer’s duties and responsibilities to the best of my ability for the next two years.
Occupation: Retired U.S. Treasury employee
Elective experience: State representative, selectman, School Board
What do you plan to do if elected?: I will continue to work hard for the town.