November 6, 2013

Wife defeats husband in Waterville race

The husband vs. wife battle drew national attention and, the competitors hope, attention to the election process.

Morning Sentinel staff report

WATERVILLE — Jennifer Johnson won the Ward 1 warden position over her competitor and spouse, David Johnson, on Tuesday night 127-76.

David Johnson, a Republican, and Jennifer, a Democrat, say they entered the race to call attention to the importance of being involved and serving the community — and as a way of getting people out to vote.

Jennifer Johnson volunteered to be nominated for the warden seat at the Waterville Democratic City Committee caucus this year, and then her husband accepted nomination from the Waterville Republican City Committee.

Their race drew statewide media attention.

A warden supervises areas and activities at the polling place on election day. Those activities include checking voters in, distributing ballots to voters, supervising the ballot machines and counting ballots at the end of the night.


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