ROCKLAND, Maine — Limerock Inn owner Frank Isganitis has taken a commanding lead in the race for a single seat on the Rockland City Council.
Isganitis received 1,156 votes from the machine tallies announced at 9:15 p.m. Tuesday. He was ahead of incumbent Mayor Brian Harden, who received 981 votes. Harden was seeking a fifth consecutive three-year term on the council.
Challenger Harold Dale Hayward trailed with 742 votes.
A few hundred ballots had not yet been counted, but election officials said that the number would likely not change the outcome.
Isganitis is the president of the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce.
“I’m cautiously excited, but I will wait for final figures,” Isganitis said after hearing the results of the machine tallies while observing the vote count at the Rockland Recreation Center.
Isganitis did not post campaign signs nor go door-to-door.
“This dispels the way people think of New Englanders. I’ve lived here for eight years, and there has been no closed-mindedness,” Isganitis said.