EASTPORT, Maine — With a high voter turnout — 50 percent throughout Washington County — city clerks were surprised Tuesday night to see just how close the races were in both Eastport and Calais, mirroring statewide trends.
In Eastport, voting was incredibly tight in all races.
Michael Cummings, Scott Emery and Kenneth Jones were vying for a single three-year seat on the City Council to replace councilor Earl Small.
Cummings took the seat with 254 votes. Emery got 226 votes and Jones garnered 210.
Three people ran for two seats on the Eastport school board, with tallies resulting in the two winners separated by a single vote. Re-elected were incumbents Margaret McGarvey, with 489 votes, and Shannon Emery, with 488 votes. Challenger Heinz Milenkovic got 208 votes.
Incumbent Jett Peterson, who was the only candidate for a four-year seat on the Port Authority Board, was re-seated with 594 votes.
In Calais, eight positions were filled, including the mayor’s seat and two City Council seats.
The current mayor, Vinton Cassidy, who chose not to run again, will be replaced by his son, Joseph Cassidy, who ran unopposed and obtained 1,061 votes.
With 634 votes, Alan Dwelley lost his bid for one of two three-year terms on the City Council. He was defeated by William W. Howard III, who received 778 votes, and incumbent Christopher A. Bernardini, who garnered 702 votes.
Louis Bernardini edged out William Condon for a single two-year seat on the council by just 12 votes on the first count.
On Wednesday, Condon requested a recount, which was conducted by City Clerk Theresa Porter.
Porter reported that she conducted the recount in the council chambers and Bernardini retained the win. Porter said the original count was Bernardini 567 and Condon 555, but the recount picked up some previously uncounted votes for the winner, with the final tally Bernardini 574 and Condon 557.
She said a City Council organizational meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov 4.
Kathleen Caso was the only candidate on the ballot for two three-year terms on the Calais School Committee and obtained 842 votes, but Linda Winchester received 63 write-in votes.
There was no candidate either on the ballot or through a write-in effort for the positions of warden and ward clerk.