ORLAND, Maine — Lester Stackpole is the town’s newest selectman.
Stackpole won the five-way race in Tuesday’s special election to fill the selectman seat left vacant by the death of Wayne Ames. Ames, who served on the board for about 40 years, died in November.
Stackpole garnered the most votes in a close election that saw the top three candidates separated by just 15 votes. Stackpole received 100 votes; Dexter Johnson got 95 and third-place finisher Matthew Brown got 85. Rounding out the slate, Jason Dorr received 32 votes and Alan Bussey got 3.
Ames had been re-elected to a three-year term at the town meeting last March, so Stackpole will serve out the remaining two-plus years of that term until 2013. He will be sworn in at the regular selectmen’s meeting on Thursday.