Hermon elects councilors, OKs school budget

Posted June 14, 2011, at 11:29 p.m.

HERMON, Maine — Voters here elected two former town councilors and filled a school committee post during Tuesday’s local elections.

In a hard-fought battle for two openings on the Town Council, voters elected Anthony Reynolds and Donald Pelletier, with Reynolds receiving the highest number of votes at 367 and Pelletier coming in second with 319 votes, according to tallies provided by Town Clerk Eric Glidden.

Voting results show that Pelletier beat incumbent Anne Freeman by only one vote. It was not yet clear late Tuesday night if a recount will be requested.

Alden Brown, who launched a write-in campaign in the days leading to Tuesday, received 255 votes.

Reynolds and Pelletier generated some controversy last week when they sent out a mass mailing critical of recent budget decisions and some of the items to be taken up at the annual town meeting set for Thursday night.

The move upset current councilors, who on Monday responded with a mailer of their own. It also prompted Brown to run as a write-in candidate.

Also on Tuesday, residents approved an education budget for the coming school year in a 488-170 vote.

Glidden said 665 residents turned up at the polls, which is about average for an election featuring strictly local races and referendum questions.

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