HOULTON, Maine — It was an easy election for incumbents hoping to retain their seats in Aroostook County government, as all of them secured victory in contested races during Tuesday’s elections.
Seventy of the 71 precincts reported election results by 1 p.m. Wednesday.
Aroostook County Sheriff James P. Madore easily defeated challenger David M. Salkind to retain his seat. Madore, a Democrat, received 61 percent of the vote, while Salkind, a Republican, secured 39 percent. Madore was appointed to his post in 2001 and has been re-elected ever since. This is his third term as sheriff.
Patricia Brown, the incumbent running for register of deeds in the south district, defeated challenger Shelley Sylvester. Brown has held the position since 2002 and will begin her third term next year. Brown received 68 percent of the vote, while Sylvester garnered 32 percent.
Todd Collins of Presque Isle ran unopposed on Tuesday’s ballot for the position of Aroostook County district attorney, after securing the post in June by defeating challengers Patrick Gordon of Houlton and John Pluto of Hamlin in the primaries. Collins, a Democrat, will take over for outgoing District Attorney Neale Adams in January. The Fort Kent native earned his law degree from Vermont Law School in 1998 and returned to Aroostook County to serve as assistant district attorney in the Caribou office in 2002.
Adams has served five terms, having been in office since 1989.
Municipal clerks in towns and cities throughout The County reported strong voter turnout at the polls on Election Day. Most locations also saw an increase in the number of absentee ballots over past elections.