GORHAM – Gorham voters Tuesday re-elected Michael Phinney and chose Suzanne Phillips, who had no political experience, in a four-way race for two Town Council seats.

In an upset, Phillips, 35, who grew up in Gorham, defeated Town Councilor Noah Miner, 36, who was making his bid for a second term.

Phillips, who carried the most voter support in Ward 1, said Wednesday in an email, “I look forward to serving on the council for the people of Gorham. I want to thank everyone for their support. It was great meeting people at the polls yesterday. Thanks to all those that came out.”

Phinney, 44, with 2,180 votes was the top overall vote getter Tuesday, has served 15 years on the Town Council and several times has been chairman or vice chairman.

“As always, I’m very honored the citizens of Gorham elected me to serve them,” Phinney said Wednesday. “I want them to know I will work very hard to be the best councilor that I can.”

Phillips received 1,899 votes; Miner, 1,811; and Daniel LeVasseur, 29, twice a previous Legislative candidate, 1,222.

”I’m discouraged that I didn’t get validated by the voters, but encouraged I’ll have more time with my family,” Miner said Wednesday.

Phinney took Ward 2 and Central, but trailed Phillips in Ward 1 balloting. Phillips topped Ward 1 with 1,060 votes, finishing ahead of Phinney, with 1,037; Miner was third in Ward 1 with 1,027 and LeVasseur, 796.

Winning Ward 2, Phinney had 755 votes, while Phillips edged Miner 556-531 and LeVasseur tallied 239.

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

The two council seats are each three-year terms. Phinney and Phillips will be sworn in at the Town Council meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 15.

Gorham voters also selected Sara Nelson, Dennis Libby and Anne Lawrence for the three School Committee seats, also three-year terms. Libby is the School Committee chairman.

With 2,455 votes, Nelson led the field of four candidates, narrowly finishing ahead of Libby with 2,443. Lawrence captured one of the three seats on the board with 1,769. Timothy Burns lost his bid with 1,510 votes.

Gorham voters approved the Cumberland County Civic Center renovation 2,126-2,068.

In the county commissioner race in District 1, Gorham voters strongly backed Neil Jamieson with 1,708 over Annalee Rosenblatt, 1,252, and Lisa Villa, 574.

On Question 1, on the state ballot, which rescinds the law not allowing voter registration on Election Day, 2,519 Gorham voters favored it while 1,883 said no.

In voting action on gambling, Gorham voters shot down questions 2 and 3. They narrowly rejected the Biddeford and Washington County proposals by 33 votes, 2,215-2,182; but came out strongly against the one in Lewiston, 2,828-1,569.

Gorham Town Clerk Connie Loughran reported that 6,429 of 11,658 registered Gorham voters cast ballots, representing a 55 percent voter turnout.

And the big turnout began arriving early at the polls. Loughran said about 20 people were standing in lines at both Gorham wards when the polls opened at 7 a.m.


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