OLD TOWN, Maine — Voters in Old Town on Tuesday elected Jamie Dufour and James Lavoie to fill two vacant seats on the seven-member City Council. Incumbent Dufour won a second term on the council with 1,872 votes. Lavoie, recently retired as chief of the city’s fire department, garnered 1,697 votes and will fill the position left vacant by council member Alan Stormann.
Candidate John Fogel, who recently retired as postmaster, took 1,424 votes.
Each of 17 write-in candidates received just one or two votes.
Activity was brisk at the Old Town polls, at least in part due to the statewide referendum ballot. Shortly after noon, elections clerk Margaret Comeau said close to 400 voters had passed through the Ward 1 polling station at the Old Town Elks Lodge.
“There was a line outside this morning before we opened,” she said. “It makes the day go by fast.”
Comeau said she thought Old Town voters were particularly concerned with the outcomes of Question 1, which would reverse Maine’s same-sex marriage law, and Question 4, the so-called Taxpayers Bill of Rights. Referendum results from Old Town were not immediately available Tuesday night.