BREWER, Maine — By a margin of 187 votes, Joseph Ferris earned another three-year term on the Brewer City Council, defeating Gail Kelly, a former councilor and mayor, according to unofficial election results supplied by the city Tuesday night.
“It was close, very close, but I’m pleased,” Ferris said after the votes were tallied. “I wanted another term and Gail is a very formidable candidate and very capable. But I’m happy with that.”
Ferris, 64, a local lawyer and lifelong Brewer resident, was elected to his third term with 2,420 votes. Kelly, 58, who works as state director for U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe, earned 2,233 votes.
Ferris, who first earned his seat on the council in 2002, said he was nervous while sitting at the Brewer Auditorium awaiting the election results. After learning he won the election, he said he’s thankful but knows he and the City Council have a lot of work to do to help residents dealing with today’s hard economic times.
“There will be some challenges this year,” Ferris said.
Incumbents Mark Farley, who serves as chairman, and B. Calvin Bubar Jr. both earned another three-year seat on the Brewer school committee, and Brewer High School district trustee Jerry Goss earned another 5-year term. Only the City Council seat was contested.
The city’s annual welcome reception for newly elected city and school officials is 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18, at the Muddy Rudder. In addition to the swearing in of all newly elected city and school officials, the mayor will be elected by the City Council during the welcome reception.