Joe Palmieri requests recount in race against Sen. Lawrence Bliss

Republican Joe Palmieri of South Portland has requested a recount in his race against Democratic Sen. Lawrence Bliss of South Portland.

According to election results released by Scarborough, Cape Elizabeth and South Portland, Bliss received 9,142 votes and Palmieri received 9,078.

For a recount to be held, the trailing candidate must make a written request to the secretary of state. Palmieri said he made the request.


Sen. Barry Hobbins holds on to his seat in race against John Cushing

Barry Hobbins, a Democrat from Saco, held on to his Senate seat with 56 percent of the vote against John Cushing, a Republican from Saco.

Complete voting results were not available until Wednesday morning. Hobbins received 8,998 votes and Cushing got 6,995.


Governali, Jordan win in four-way bid for seats on Town Council

Frank Governali and Caitlin Jordan were elected to three-year terms in a four-person race for the Town Council.

Governali, an incumbent, received 2,515 votes while Jordan, a newcomer, received 2,226 votes.

Jamie Wagner received 2,061 votes and John McGinty got 1,749, according to unofficial results released by the town clerk’s office Wednesday morning.

Kim Monaghan-Derrig, the only candidate on the ballot for two vacant seats on the School Board, was elected to a three-year term with 4,007 votes.

Michael Moore received 902 write-in votes, enough to give him a three-year term on the board. Fred Sturtevant received 180 write-in votes.

About 70 percent of the town’s voters cast ballots.


Council, board recall provision for charter among measures passed

Voters adopted a provision in the town charter that provides a mechanism to recall Town Council and Board of Education members.

The recall measure and five other proposed charter amendments won voters’ approval Tuesday. The vote for the recall measure was 6,430 in favor and 2,052 opposed.

The recall process requires 25 registered voters to initiate a petition. They must get the petition signed by the equivalent of 25 percent of the voters in the last gubernatorial election — a figure that now stands at 2,207 — within 20 days. If that threshold is met, the town will hold a recall election. For an official to be recalled, the number of voters participating must equal 30 percent of those who voted in the previous gubernatorial election.

The other amendments:

Add the conveyance of town property assessed at $400,000 or more to the list of Town Council actions that residents can overturn.

Prohibit Board of Education members from serving as trustees of the Scarborough Water District.

Spell out that the Planning Board will have five regular members and two alternates and serve as the town’s primary development review authority.

Establish the Long-Range Planning Committee as the primary committee to develop and recommend plans for growth and development

Make grammatical corrections and technical changes.


Staff Writers Ann S. Kim and Beth Quimby contributed to this report.