Bobby Mills

ALFRED — Democrat Bobby Mills of Biddeford took on Republican Bradford Littlefield of Sanford and won. Mills was elected as York County treasurer in Tuesday’s election.

Unofficial results are 49,831 for Mills to 42,626 for Littlefield. The current treasurer, Frank Wood, did not run for reelection. Mills will start his four-year term on Jan. 1.

“I’m very humbled and honored on getting elected,” Mills said on Wednesday.

He complemented his opponent on the way he ran his race.

“Brad was a wonderful candidate to run with,” mills said. “We have a similar philosophy.”

Mills, who works as an ed tech, behavior health professional and direct support professional, said he has the experience to do a good job in when he takes over his new position.

“I have a proven track record of 10-plus years as a city councilor and (on) various boards and commissions in Biddeford. I delved into our city’s and other comparable communities’ financial affairs and budgets. I was and still (am) a fair, impartial decision maker. I’ll continue to (do) the same as the new York County treasurer.”

Despite winning the election, it was not definite if Mills or anyone would be an elected treasurer.

In addition to the treasurer race, also on the ballot was a question as to whether to continue to elect a treasurer.

However, York County residents from Cornish  to Kittery made it plain in Tuesday’s voting — they want York County government to keep its elected treasurer position. 

Voters in all 29 municipalities rejected a county-wide referendum that would have made the position appointed, rather than elected, 63,100 votes to 27,136.

Mills said he thought having an elected position was the right decision.

“I think it’s a very important position,” he said, adding Tuesday’s results show that county residents agree. “They (the voters) believe in checks and balances of county government”

Prior to the election, Mills said regarding his work as treasurer, “the greatest challenge in the position will be learning the processes the county utilizes now and how we can make it better and more efficient.”

Serving in county government is important, he said.

“York county government is the representative seat for the various communities of the county,” Mills said. “Being involved in county government allows me to be the instrument to actively listen and respond to the communities and county in a timely fashion.”

—Associate Editor Dina Mendros can be contacted at 780-9014 or [email protected]

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