PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — There were very few surprises here on Election Day, as most races for municipal and school board seats were uncontested.
A balanced number of incumbents and newcomers were on the ballot seeking municipal and school board seats in Presque Isle this year.
City Clerk Nancy Nichols said Wednesday that voter turnout was higher than expected, with the city processing more than 700 absentee ballots.
There was one open seat on the City Council, as present Councilor Ron McPherson vacated his position.
Randy Smith was the only candidate running for the seat, so he secured the three-year term.
Incumbent Larry Perry ran unopposed for warden, and incumbent Joy Murchison ran uncontested for ward clerk.
A number of people sought open seats on the SAD 1 school board representing specific sections of the city.
In the Section 3 race, incumbent Terry Sandusky secured 300 votes, with Eric Warren receiving 245. Incumbent D. Michele Green ran unopposed for her seat representing Section 4. Scott Norton also was the only candidate seeking a seat representing Section 7 on the board.
Two people were looking to represent Section 10, with incumbent L. James Bubar securing 154 votes against Benton Cash with 125.
No candidate took out papers to represent Section 13, so a write-in candidate will be selected to fill the slot. Nichols said Wednesday that four write-in candidates were being considered for the slot, and each was being contacted to see who would accept the position
Susan Goulet ran unopposed to represent Section 14, and incumbent John Johnston ran unopposed in his bid to represent Section 15.