GORHAM – Veteran Gorham Councilor Michael Phinney and Suzanne Phillips, who had no political experience, are unofficial winners in a four-way race for two Town Council seats.

In an upset, Phillips, 35, defeated the incumbent, Noah Miner, 36, who was making a bid for a second term. Phillips, who carried the most voter support in Ward 1, could not be reached for comment late Tuesday evening.

The two council seats are each three-year terms.

Phinney, 44, who was the top overall vote getter Tuesday, has served 15 years on the Town Council and several times has been chairman or vice chairman.

Phinney, 44, tallied a total 2,180 votes, followed by Phillips with 1,899; Miner, 1,811; and Daniel LeVasseur, 1,222.

Phillips topped Ward 1 with 1060, finishing ahead of Phinney with 1037; Miner was third in Ward 1 with 1,027 and LeVasseur, 796.

Phinney carried Ward 2 with 755 votes while Phillips edged Miner 556-531 and LeVasseur tallied 239.

In Central, Phinney garnered 388; Phillips, 283; Miner, 253; and LeVasseur, 187.

Gorham voters also selected Sara Nelson, Dennis Libby and Anne Lawrence for the three School Committee seats. The totals were Nelson 2,455; Libby, 2,443; and Lawrence, 1,769 while Timothy Burns lost his bid for the board with 1,510.

Suzanne Phillips
Michael Phinney


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