BELFAST, Maine — Former three-term mayor Michael Hurley defeated incumbent Jan Anderson and Jonathan Clapp on Tuesday to win a three-way race for the Ward 4 seat on the City Council and Eric Sanders bested Michael Dassatt in the race for Ward 4.
Mayor Walter Ash, who was unopposed in his race for a second two-year term at the city’s helm, won re-election with 2,237 votes.
Both Hurley and Sanders were pushed to the top by polling majorities in four of the city’s five wards.
The total citywide vote for Hurley was 1,183, Anderson received 834 votes and Clapp trailed the field with 749 votes.
Sanders polled 1,241 votes to Dassatt’s 1,142.
“It was a close race and I’m very happy to have come in first,” Hurley said. “I really want to congratulate Jon Clapp and Jan Anderson and I particularly want to say I’m Jan’s friend, I was her friend all the way through the election, and I’m her friend after the election.”
Sanders, who is wrapping up a term on the RSU 20 school board, thanked the voters for their support and commended Dassatt for running a strong race.
“Both Mike Dassatt and I ran for the council for the first time,” Sanders said. “I’m very happy that we both ran. It was a very close race and it could have gone either way. I thank everyone who voted for me and everyone who voted for Mike. It was awesome and it could have gone either way.”
Hurley received 511 votes in Wards 1 and 2, 486 votes in Wards 3 and 4 and 186 votes in Ward 5.
Anderson received 383 votes in Wards 1 and 2, 341 in Wards 3 and 4 and 110 votes in Ward 5.
Clapp received 216 votes in Wards 1 and 2, 335 votes in Wards 3 and 4 and 198 votes in Ward 5.
Sanders received 564 votes in Wards 1 and 2, 528 votes in Wards 3 and 4 and 158 votes in Ward 5.
Dassatt received 366 votes in Wards 1 and 2, 481 votes in Wards 3 and 4 and 295 votes in Ward 5.Hurley
In Ward 5, on the city’s conservative east side, Clapp bested Hurley by a vote of 198 to 186, while Anderson finished third with 110 votes.
Dassatt polled 295 votes in Ward 5 while Sanders received 158. Mayor Ash, a native son of the ward, received 433 votes.
Of the approximately 3,000 people who voted, 792 were early voters who filed absentee ballots, City Clerk Roberta Fogg said. Fogg said 838 absentee ballots were issued, and 800 were returned, of which eight were rejected for either the lack of a signature or the absence of the signature of a person who witnessed the ballot being cast. In addition, Fogg said, 59 people registered to vote on during the course of the day.
“Of the new registered, a lot of them were young people, first-time voters,” she said.
The city’s voter list has 5,135 registered voters, she said, although 4,863 are considered “active voters,” Fogg said.