Hayman, Gleason win contested council seats

Windham voters re-elected Scott Hayman to his at-large seat on the Town Council.

Hayman won the seat Tuesday with 3,677 votes. His challenger, David Nadeau, received 2,445 votes.

Hayman said in his campaign that he would continue studying the $67.8 million sewer proposal for North Windham and promote the town’s economic growth.

Thomas Gleason won a three-way race for a one-year, at-large seat. Gleason received 2,120 votes. Robert Muir got 1,918 votes and Lawrence MacDonald got 1,874 votes. Gleason said in his campaign that he would support the development of a sewer system in North Windham.

Kevin Call won the seat in the South District with 2,658 votes. Donna Chapman, who withdrew her bid for re-election, received 2,190 votes and Patrick Corey received 1,208.

Call said in his campaign that he would work to increase Windham’s commercial tax base without losing the town’s rural character.
In the North District, Councilor Peter Busque ran unopposed for a three-year term and got 4,958 votes.


School Unit gets incumbent and a political newcomer

Voters elected incumbent Michael Duffy and political newcomer Elizabeth Fillinger to the Regional School Unit 14 board Tuesday.

Duffy, 57, finished first with 3,605 votes. He said in his campaign that he would continue the board’s work to control spending and expenses and enhance the curriculum for Windham and Raymond schools.

Fillinger, 37, received 3,077 votes. She said in her campaign that she ran for the seat because she was concerned about cuts to special education programs.

Kane Loukas lost his bid for re-election, with 1,613 votes. Christopher Dunn received 1,840 votes.


Large write-in efforts delay vote tally until today

A large write-in campaign expected in Tuesday’s School Board election kept town officials from counting all of the local ballots, said Town Manager Michael McGovern.

State election results were to be tallied Tuesday night, but with 1,000 to 2,000 write-in votes expected in the School Board race, officials planned to have local results today.

Kimberly Monaghan-Derrig was the sole candidate on the ballot for School Board, while Michael Moore and Frederic Sturtevant ran as write-in candidates. Two seats were open.

Also delayed until today were the results for the Town Council election. Councilor Frank Governali, former Councilor John McGinty and political newcomers Caitlin Jordan and James Wagner competed for two seats.


Incumbents cruise in re-election to City Council

Incumbent Thomas Blake and Alan Livingston were elected in a four-man race for two at-large City Council seats.

Blake, a retired city firefighter, who won  6,140 votes, said during the campaign that local government must do more with fewer resources.

Livingston, a Board of Education member who won 3,858 votes, said he can be a bridge between the City Council and the Board of Education.

Political newcomer Albert DiMillo Jr., a certified public accountant, got 3,511 votes. He said he decided to run because of his opposition to a borrowing proposal to renovate South Portland High School, which also was on the ballot.

Political newcomer Donald Russell III won 3,190 votes.


Familiar faces return to three Town Council spots

Incumbents Michael R. Tousignant and Robin Dayton and Robert Quinn were elected in a seven-way race for three seats on the Town Council.

Quinn, who is retired, got 2,197 votes. He said during the campaign that he would make the town’s budget his focus.

Tousignant, a small business owner, said he wants to keep up the momentum on the council. He got 2,068 votes.

Dayton, who got 1,878 votes, said during the campaign that she wanted to continue her work on the council.

Dana Furtado, a small business owner, got 1,369 votes.

Roxanne Frenette, assistant to the executive director of the Maine Turnpike Authority, got 1,212 votes.
Paul Ladakakos, who is retired, got 928 votes.

Jerome Begert, a writer and retired journalist, got 602 votes.


Three-way race for council goes to incumbents

Incumbents Judith Roy and Michael Wood each won another term on the Town Council, beating back a challenge from newcomer Kerry Corthell.

Roy got 5,220 votes, Wood got 5,411 votes and Corthell got 3,971.

In a separate race, Richard Sullivan Jr. defeated James Benedict and Iver Carlsen to serve the one year left in the term of Shawn Babine.

Sullivan got 3,863 votes, Carlsen got 2,071 and Benedict got 1,453.

Keeping taxes down was a priority for Corthell, Roy and Wood. Corthell stressed “out of the box” thinking for the school budget, Roy said the town must distinguish between wants and needs and Wood said it’s realistic to expect tax increases in the 1 percent to 2 percent range.

In the race for Babine’s seat, Benedict and Sullivan emphasized making Scarborough more business friendly. Carlsen believed his experience in business and as a school administrator could be useful to the town.


Education incumbent faces pair of political newcomers

Incumbent John Cole and newcomer Aymie Hardesty won seats on the Board of Education, defeating William Armishaw.
Cole got 4,958 votes, Hardesty got 4,517 votes and Armishaw got 3,843 votes.

Armishaw stressed the need to rely on research in making budget decisions. Cole said much more transparency is needed in the budget process. Hardesty, who may be best known for raising concerns about air quality at Wentworth Intermediate School, emphasized the need for transparency in school matter.


Recall provision at issue for Town Council, Board

A recall provision for members of the Town Council and Board of Education was among a half-dozen proposed charter amendments that went before voters Tuesday. Results were not available at press time.

The recall process would require 25 registered voters to initiate a petition. They would have to get the petition signed by the equivalent of 25 percent of the voters in the last gubernatorial election. If that threshold could be met, the town would hold a recall election. For an official to be recalled, the number of voters participating would have to equal 30 percent of those who voted in the previous gubernatorial election.

The other proposed amendments would have added the conveyance of town property assessed at $400,000 or more to the list of Town Council actions that residents can overturn; prohibited Board of Education members from serving as trustees of the Scarborough Water District; spelled out that the Planning Board will have five regular members and two alternates; established the Long-Range Planning Committee as the primary committee to develop and recommend plans for growth and development and made various technical changes.


Six elected to serve on Charter Commission

Westbrook residents elected Lisa Chuluda, Patricia Amico, Michael Levine, Susan Rossignol, Eileen Shutts and Drew Gattine to the city’s Charter Commission.

Chuluda received 3,850 votes; Amico received 3,396 votes; Levine received 3,327 votes; Rossignol received 3,327 votes; Shutts received 3,287 votes; and Gattine received 2,991 votes.

Also on the ballot were Marc Gousse, Michael Mullett, Charles Ewing and George Rodrigues.

The City Council will choose another three people to serve on the nine-member commission, which will make recommendations for changes to the city charter.


Robinson re-elected on plan to keep taxes low

Gorham residents elected incumbent Mathew J. Robinson, Philip  Gagnon Jr. and John A. Pressey to the Town Council. 
Robinson finished first with 3,898 votes. Gagnon received 3,125 votes and Pressey received 2,407 votes.

Robinson, 43, said in his campaign that he would continue the council’s work to keep taxes low and expand the town’s infrastructure. 
Gagnon said he would work to attract new businesses to town. Pressey said he would find alternative solutions to the town’s traffic problems.


Incumbents pick up another term on School Committee

Incumbents Kyle Currier and Roger Marchand were-re-elected to the Gorham School Committee.

Currier was elected to a second term on the committee with 4,629 votes.

Marchand, vice chairman of the committee, was re-elected to his third term with 4,392 votes.


Ouellette holds slim margin in partial sheriff results

York County Sheriff Maurice Ouellette was leading challenger Craig Gagne with partial results reported.

With 25 percent of precincts reporting. Ouellette, a Democrat, had 9,086 or 51 percent to Republican Gagne’s 8,709 or 49 percent.


District attorney, sheriffwin election unopposed

In Cumberland County, District Attorney Stephanie Anderson, a Republican, was running unopposed and was returned to office as the county’s prosecutor.

Kevin Joyce, a Democrat who had served as chief deputy for the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, was unopposed in his bid to become sheriff.