May 27, 2018
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RSU 67 elects new school board

By Nick Sambides Jr., BDN Staff

She might not know it yet, but Lincoln’s Sarah Crockett can serve on the new board of directors for the new regional school unit of Chester, Lincoln and Mattawamkeag after a decidedly underwhelming voter turnout on Tuesday, poll officials said.

Crockett received 21 write-in votes from the 167 voters — out of about 3,400 registered voters — who participated in the special school board election, Lincoln election warden Diane V. Hill said.

“It’s disappointing,” Hill said of the voter turnout.

In Mattawamkeag, Regginal Adams was the top write-in candidate with 32 votes, while Jessica Worster was elected with 25 votes, Mattawamkeag officials said. Carolyn Smith was elected to represent Chester as that town’s representative. The other Chester write-in candidate’s name was not available late Tuesday.

Seven Lincoln candidates — David Edwards, Judith Junkins, Darla Lichtenberg, Jeffrey Schick, Debra Tardy, Jacqueline Thurlow and John Trask — ran unopposed for their seats. Edwards received 139 votes; Junkins, 141; Lichtenberg, 140; Schick, 127; Thurlow, 140; and Trask, 118, Hill said.

Tardy led candidates with 150 votes in the unofficial totals, Hill said.

Paul Smith was Lincoln’s next write-in candidate, with seven votes, but will not necessarily serve if Crockett declines, Lincoln Town Manager Lisa Goodwin said. According to the town charter, Lincoln’s Town Council will appoint someone to fill Lincoln’s eighth slot on the board.

The only school administrative district or unit in Penobscot County between Passadumkeag and Millinocket to get state and voter approval to form an RSU this year — voter approval coming during a special referendum on Jan. 27 — SAD 67 and its board of directors will be dissolved to make way for the new board when the elected candidates take their seats, school officials have said.

The special election on Tuesday was required by the law forcing school regionalization statewide by July 1.

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