March 25, 2018
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Rockport residents fill board position

By Heather Steeves, BDN Staff

ROCKPORT, Maine — Tracy Lee Murphy beat out Select Board chairman Robert Duke for a seat on the panel, according to election results from the town.

Murphy got 614 of the 1,053 votes cast Tuesday. Duke picked up the other 439.

Murphy said Wednesday that she has no agenda, “I’m here to serve the town.”

She served on the town’s planning board and board of assessment reviews up until she was sworn in to her new position.

In the past, she also served on the budget committee, the charter commission, the cable TV commission and some ad hoc boards, she said.

Duke faced some controversy earlier this year when residents complained that he was doing business with the town while serving on the board. Duke’s business did work on some town buildings while he was chair of the board. Some residents said this was against the town’s charter, but the board voted to keep Duke.

Murphy said that controversy may have swayed some voters.

“I do think that has something to do with it. Controversy makes people unhappy with incumbents,” Murphy said. “I have incredible respect for Bob Duke. We served on the charter commission together.”

Murphy said she hopes Duke continues to serve the town in other capacities.

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