Old Town voters elect three new councilors in close race

Posted Nov. 09, 2011, at 12:26 a.m.
Last modified Nov. 09, 2011, at 12:06 p.m.

OLD TOWN, Maine — Voters elected William Lovejoy, Stanley Peterson and Linda McLeod to fill three open City Council seats in a close race on Tuesday.

Incumbent Council Chairman David Mahan missed out on the third seat by just 77 votes, according to unofficial election results.

Lovejoy is a former city councilor and electrical engineer who said he has worked for 18 years with paper mills.

Peterson is a longtime shop and technical education teacher at Old Town High School.

McLeod is the principal at Indian Island School.

Fewer than 200 votes separated the top three candidates.

The vote totals were as follows: William Lovejoy, 1,188; Stanley Peterson, 1,148; Linda McLeod, 990; David Mahan, 913; Joseph Pluff, 504; Vernor Buckley, 292.

Ronald Sagner was re-elected to the RSU 34 School Board, which he has served on for the past 19 years. Write-in candidate Stephanie Phillips, who has children in the Old Town school system, was elected with 13 votes to fill the second open board seat.

They beat out three other write-in candidates.

CORRECTION:

An early version of this story omitted a candidate who was elected to the RSU 34 School Board. Write-in candidate Stephanie Phillips was elected to the board along with incumbent Ronald Sagner.

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