Union elects Gregory Grotton, Sara Moore to Board of Selectmen after sign controversy

Posted June 12, 2012, at 10:55 p.m.

UNION, Maine — A controversy over campaign signs ended Tuesday with the defeat of the two candidates who had been backed by those signs.

Incumbent Selectman Gregory Grotton and political newcomer Sara Moore were elected to the Board of Selectmen. Grotton defeated Walter Ashworth 323-163 while Moore defeated former Selectman Abraham Knight 274-236.

The election was met with controversy a little more than a week ago when someone or some group posted signs throughout town that stated “No Tea Party, vote for Ashworth & Knight.”

Ashworth criticized the action, saying he had no knowledge of who posted the signs.

Grotton also criticized the signs, saying he was not a member of the tea party.

The selectmen’s races were the only contested races in town. Ann Donaldson was elected to the School Administrative District 40 board and Linda McCallister was re-elected town treasurer.