Politics

November 5, 2013

Two former Windham councilors elected over incumbents

Voters also choose two new school board members.

By Leslie Bridgers lbridgers@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

Windham voters chose the challengers Tuesday in both races for Town Council.

Former councilors Donna Chapman and Robert Muir defeated current councilors Kevin Call and Peter Anania, respectively.

Chapman, who served on the council from 2007 to 2010, narrowly defeated Call, 976-920, to represent the South District.

Chapman, 54, works at Southern Maine Community College in student behavioral health and human services. She has two daughters.

She has said she “listens to the people” and would like to create a comprehensive town plan that reflects the needs of both businesses and residents.

Muir, a councilor from 2003 to 2006, defeated Anania, 1,161 to 749, for an open at-large seat.

Anania, 58, has served two years on the council and is currently the representative of the North District but decided to run for the open at-large seat.

Muir, 66, is retired. He has said he believes the council needs “to be more receptive to the citizens’ needs” and that he’d like to give a louder voice to the average citizen.

Roy Moore, a local chiropractor and owner of Seacoast Fun Park in Windham, ran unopposed for Anania’s North District seat.

All seats are for three-year terms.

Windham voters also chose two candidates to represent the town on the Regional School Unit 14 board of directors, the school district for Windham and Raymond.

Jennifer Fleck and Eric Colby won the three-way race, with 1,042 and 1,010 votes, respectively. Pete Heanssler, 41, came in third with 768 votes.

None of the candidates has held office before.

Fleck, 42, is a recent transplant to Windham from Connecticut and has three school-age children. Colby, 50, is a special hazard-system designer with one son.

Leslie Bridgers can be contacted at 791-6364 or at: lbridgers@pressherald.comTwitter: @lesliebridgers

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