LINCOLN, Maine — The Town Council’s longest-sitting and most experienced member also collected the most votes on Tuesday.
In unofficial vote totals released at Mattanawcook Academy late Tuesday night, Rod Carr received 1,212 and David Whalen, another incumbent, received 720 votes, respectively, in the race for two open Town Council seats, officials said.
Council challengers Harry Epp received 488; Alycia M. Grieco, 343; Gary Steinberg, 281; Ronald J. Kafka, 171; and Donald Thomas, 162, officials said.
Running unchallenged, RSU 67 board of directors member Caitlin Brinkman was elected with 1,541 votes and sanitary district board of directors members Diana Johnson and Darlene Mulari were re-elected as unchallenged incumbents with 1,546 and 1,430 votes, respectively.
About 1,886 voters voted in this election, Town Manager Lisa Goodwin said. She called that a heavy turnout for an “off year,” an election not involving candidates for statewide or federal office.
“There were a lot of hot-button issues on the ballot this year,” Goodwin noted Tuesday. “Question 1 was probably the hottest.”
Carr has served for more than 20 years on the council; six years on the SAD 67 board of directors, RSU 67’s predecessor; and as a state representative on the 119th, 120th, 1221st and 122nd Legislatures. He has been on the town recreation and budget committees and coached baseball, basketball and football, according to a town-provided questionnaire that all candidates answered.
Whalen has served on the Lincoln Homecoming Committee, Ballard Hill Community Center Committee and as an active member of several civic groups, including the Lincoln Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce and the Lincoln Rotary Club.