Calais, Eastport run out of local ballots

Posted Nov. 06, 2009, at 12:42 a.m.

CALAIS, Maine — There was such a large turnout Tuesday by voters in Calais and Eastport that clerks were forced to print extra ballots for the local races. Both cities had enough state referendum ballots.

Calais City Clerk Theresa Porter said 1,184 ballots were cast and she had only 1,000 local ballots on hand. “We had to print some more on Tuesday afternoon,” she said.

In a three-way race for two seats on the Calais City Council, winners were incumbent Joe Cassidy with 841 votes and Marianne Moore with 710. The other incumbent, Louis Bernardini, received 440. Moore has served previously on the City Council.

At Eastport, 691 ballots were cast for a 58.6 percent turnout, according to Town Manager George “Bud” Finch. The ballot itself was a bit complicated because of resignations and unexpired terms.

Finch earlier explained that, in the past, any council vacancies would be filled by appointments unless the vacancy was for a short period of time.

This year, two councilors — Julie Leppin and Brian Schuth — resigned. Upon advice from the Maine Municipal Association, the Eastport council opted for candidates in Tuesday’s election to fill not only the unexpired terms of those who resigned, but also new terms.

The results, according to Finch, were:

Councilor, 58-day term — Robert Peacock.

Councilor, one year, 58-day term — Earl Small.

Councilor, three-year term, two seats — Robert Peacock and David Morang.

School board, three-year term — David Gholson.

Port authority, four-year term — Dean Pike.

Water district, three-year term — Richard Clark.

Election warden, three-year term — Judith Ampungan.

Election constable, three-year term — Robert Scott.

Election warden clerk, three-year term — Mary Squibb.

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