June 22, 2018
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Holden write-in earns SAD 63 seat

By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff

HOLDEN, Maine — When resident Christopher Doering heard that no one was running for the SAD 63 board seat held by Sylvia Ellis, he decided he might like the job.

Doering, who has two young children in elementary school, has volunteered in his children’s classrooms and after attending the last couple of school board meetings decided he wanted to participate more.

“I have an interest because of my kids,” he said Thursday.

Doering needed 10 write-in votes in order to earn the soon-to-be-vacant seat, and “he had 46 write-in votes,” Town Manager John Butts said.

Ellis decided not to run for her seat, which she has held for the past nine years.

The local election was held Tuesday and the votes were accepted by town residents at Wednesday’s annual town meeting.

Town Council incumbents John Bryant and Paul Amoroso were re-elected to their seats by beating newcomer Ryan Warner.

Bryant collected 643 votes, Amoroso had 528 and Warner, an emergency medical technician who works for the town’s Fire Department, had 396.

Both the school board and Town Council terms are for three years.

Residents at the annual meeting asked just a few questions before endorsing all of the warrant items, Butts said.

“It was uneventful,” said Candace “Candy” Healy, assistant town clerk.

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