December 5, 2012

36 votes cast in Freeport council election

Only two ballots cast did not go to David S. Gleeson Jr., the only name on the ballot.

By Matt Byrne
Staff Writer

For a candidate without a campaign, the results sound impressive.

In a special election to name the next Freeport Town Councilor in District 1, David S. Gleeson Jr. captured more than 94 percent of the vote.

He did it with 34 votes. His was the only name on the ballot.

The contest was scheduled after former District 1 Councilor Sara Gideon resigned Oct. 9 when she moved out of the district. The town charter requires councilors to live in the area they represent. (Gideon also represents Freeport in the state legislature.)

Chuckling about the rapid electoral process, Gleeson said he hardly had time to print pamphlets before the polls opened Tuesday. Daniel J. Collins won the other two votes cast.

"From (gathering) the signatures to the election, it was four weeks," said Gleeson, happy to represent the district, which is dominated by commercial properties mixed with a few residences.

He said he plans to maintain a balance between the two demographics.

"Truly, it's a civic duty I'm running on, rather than an activist agenda," he said.

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