May 21, 2018
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Houlton voters select new town councilors

By Jen Lynds, BDN Staff

HOULTON, Maine — An incumbent Town Councilor retained his seat and was joined by a newcomer during municipal elections in Houlton.

More than 1,800 people cast ballots at the polls, town officials said Wednesday.

Residents also elected two newcomers to the SAD 29 board. The district consists of the towns of Houlton, Hammond, Littleton and Monticello.

Incumbent John Fitzpatrick held on to his seat on the council, securing 1,451 votes. John White Jr. garnered the second seat with 1,201 votes. This is White’s first term on the council. Fitzpatrick and White bested Matthew Carr and Phil Bernaiche for those positions. Carr received 491 votes and Bernaiche walked away with 550 votes.

Four people were vying for two open slots on the school board. Fred Grant secured the most votes, receiving 1,215. D. Scott White of Houlton won the second open seat, receiving 987 votes. The two outpaced Terry Spurling, who received 949 votes and Carl Lord Jr., who garnered 522 votes.

Scott Austin and Albert Fitzpatrick were the only candidates vying for the two open seats on the board of directors of the Houlton Water Co.

Three slots were open on the board of budget review, but only Donald Keiser of Houlton was officially on the ballot. A number of write-in candidates also secured votes, including Phil Bernaiche, Paul Cleary and Dorothy Donahue. Keiser will fill one seat and the city clerk will contact the write-in candidates to see if each wants to be on the board before the winners of the other two seats are determined.

Lauren Fitzpatrick secured a seat on the Cary Library board of trustees.

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