GORHAM – Gorham residents on Tuesday picked Bruce Roullard, Matthew Robinson and Benjamin Hartwell to serve on the Town Council, while Kyle Bailey and John Doyle were elected to the School Committee, ousting Kyle Currier, the chairwoman.

Roullard, a mortgage lender, tallied 1,485 votes; Robinson, an incumbent, 1,280; Hartwell, a farmer, 1,251. In the five-way race, they headed Jim Means with 1,221 and Forrest Genthner, 963. Both Roullard and Hartwell rebounded after being unsuccessful council candidates last year.

This year, Roullard, 51, was the top vote getter in the council race, sweeping both wards and central.

“I wish to thank the citizens of Gorham in electing me to the Town Council,” Roullard said Wednesday. “I look forward to serving this great town and accomplishing my goals of promoting economic development, renewing the master plan of the Town and connecting USM with Gorham. I want to congratulate all those who were elected yesterday to the Town Council and school board and the candidates who ran for public office in our town. Gorham has a great future and I am so very happy to be part of its planning and development.”

An incumbent, Robinson, 46, is a former council chairman. “I’m very honored that voters trust me to do another three-year term,” Robinson, a 12-year member of the council, said Tuesday evening.

Robinson vowed to help find a meeting place for the senior citizens group that was dislodged from the former Little Falls School. “I’m going to get the seniors on an agenda immediately in December,” Robinson said.

Hartwell, 33, who edged Jim Means by 30 votes, said on Wednesday it was an “extremely” close race. “Everybody worked very hard and the vote tallies show that,” Hartwell said. “I greatly appreciate those behind the scenes that helped make this happen and I am especially grateful for the support of the citizens who cast a vote on my behalf. I will do my best to represent the people of Gorham and move our town forward.

Acting Town Clerk Jennifer Elliott will administer the oath of office to the newly elected councilors in the regular council meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 12, in Gorham Municipal Center, 75 South St.

After voting at Ward 1, Jan Labrecque, a former Gorham councilor, urged the council members to “pay attention” to Town Manager David Cole.

“He’s a good guide post for them,” Labrecque said.

In a School Committee upset, Bailey, 30, and Doyle, 32, took the two available seats, besting Kyle Currier, the chairwoman, who sought a third term.

Bailey, a nonprofit finance and budget professional, topped the field with 1,371 votes; Doyle, an attorney, 1,218; and Currier, 1,117. Although Pamela Irish had withdrawn from the school race, she had 624 backers.

Kyle Bailey said on Wednesday, “I look forward to working with my colleagues on the Gorham School Committee, and with administrators, teachers, parents and community members to make our good schools better and help every student succeed. Thank you to friends and neighbors for their support, and to outgoing committee members Roger Marchand and Kyle Currier for their distinguished leadership and service to our schools and community.” (Marchand did not seek re-election.)

“I give my thanks to the voters of Gorham for entrusting me with this responsibility,” Doyle said on Wednesday. I’m ready to get to work.”

Posted amid the candidates’ campaign signs, a batch of red, white and blue signs stirred some controversy in Gorham. The signs read, “Re-Elect No One Gorham Town Council.”

“All day long the signs have been a hot topic,” Elliott said Tuesday evening.

It’s not clear who was responsible for the signs. Fine print on the signs said, “paid for by [email protected]” (dot was spelled) but an email contact attempt failed. A returned message said the email account did not exist.

Brenda Caldwell, a former longtime town clerk and former Gorham councilor, found the signs objectionable.

“It didn’t seem right,” Caldwell said on Wednesday. “This is not Gorham politics.”

In the state referendums, Gorham voters approved the five questions – Question 1, 1,440-1,210; Question 2, 1,587-1,079; Question 3, 1,838-820; Question 4, 1,339-1,311; and Questions 5, 1,766-912.

In Buxton, there was no local ballot. Town Clerk John Myers reported 952 ballots cast for the state bond questions. With 5,990 registered voters, Buxton had a 15.9 percent voter turn out.

Bruce RoullardMatthew RobinsonBenjamin HartwellKyle BaileyJohn H. Doyle

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