Raymond voters re-elected incumbents Sam Gifford and Lonnie Taylor to the Board of Selectmen on Tuesday.

In the race for two, three-year terms, Gifford and Taylor, the respective chairman and vice chairman of the board, defeated Julie Sutherland, a political newcomer who has recently faced charges of impersonating a federal animal welfare agent.

Gifford received 420 votes, Taylor 352, and Sutherland 185.

In a 359-235 vote, Raymond voters also approved the $41 million Regional School Unit 14 budget, which increases property taxes in Raymond by 4 percent. According to Assistant Superintendent Donn Davis, the hike in school district spending will increase the tax bill on a $250,000 Raymond home by $87.39.

Jennifer Moore, who ran unopposed for the seat of departing RSU 14 school board chairwoman Catriona Sangster, was elected with 483 votes. Raymond residents submitted 127 blank votes and 13 write-ins for the school board race.

Gifford, 79, lives at 546 Webbs Mills Road, and was elected to the board in 2011. Asked to comment on his victory, Gifford said he would advocate for sensible economic development.

“Winning is the reward for hard work for me, as it is universally,” he said.

“I plan to keep economic development on the agenda, and expand it carefully.”

Taylor, 43, lives at 92 Stiller Hill Road, and has served on the board for three terms, or nine years, in total. He said he appreciates Raymond voters’ continued support.

“I’m very happy to still know that the residents of Raymond have confidence in me to be at the forefront of our town,” Taylor said. “I plan to continue to have the best interest of the townspeople in all moves that I make.”


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