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Bishop Bows Out After 7 Terms as Westbrook First Selectman

Noel Bishop has served as first selectman in Westbrook for almost 15 years, but that officially will change in November. Bishop said he informed the Republican Town Committee (RTC) recently that he decided it was time for a someone new to take over the town. He will not seek an eighth term in the 2021 election

“The only reason is I really believe other people should have a chance. Change is healthy,” Bishop said of his decision to not run.

In his seven terms, Bishop campaigned on his fiscal responsibility, increasing communication from the town, and keeping taxes low. Prior to becoming first selectman, Bishop worked as executive director of a state-wide dental association and held various posts in higher education administration.

Though he said at press time he didn’t want to name a favorite accomplishment or moment as first selectman, Bishop could say only good things about his tenure.

“It’s a fantastic community. We have great employees, a wonderful school community, we have a great town,” said Bishop.

Lee McNamar, the chairman of the Westbrook RTC, said he wasn’t surprised when Bishop announced he wouldn’t run again.

“I don’t blame him. I think he’s done a fantastic job, he kept the budgets down,” said McNamar.

“Overall, I can’t say enough, I’ve really enjoyed working with him,” McNamar added.

Though a formal RTC caucus will be held later this summer to officially announce the candidates for all the open seats this fall, McNamar confirmed that current Selectman John Hall has been nominated to be the Republican candidate for first selectman in the 2021 election.

In speaking with the Harbor News, Hall praised Bishop’s record as first selectman and said he looks forward to continuing his legacy of sound fiscal management and low budgets should he be elected.

“Noel has done an excellent job; we worked well together for 12 years since I came on the board,” Hall said.

Of being chosen to replace Bishop, Hall said, “I’m excited and honored. I look forward to serving the town like I’ve been doing most of my adult life.”

Eric O’Connell covers news for Clinton for Zip06. Email Eric at e.oconnell@shorepublishing.com.

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