HOULTON, Maine — A former firefighter and a local businessman bested three experienced challengers for two open positions on the Town Council during elections in the community on Tuesday.
Phil Cloney and Daniel Peabody nudged incumbent Mike Jenkins off the council. They also ended re-election hopes for Carl Lord Jr. and Phil Bernaiche, both former councilors who have launched several failed bids to reclaim their seats.
Peabody got the most votes, 1,493, followed by Cloney with 886. That was just enough to beat Jenkins, who secured 840 votes. Bernaiche picked up 670 votes, followed by Lord with 477.
Three incumbents, Lori Holmes, Bruce Clark and Tammy Goetsch, ran unopposed for seats on the SAD 29 school board.
Gary Hagan and Stephen Nelson secured two vacant seats on the Houlton Water Co. board of directors.
Dale Flewelling will serve a one year seat on the board of budget review.
According to unofficial votes tallied by the Bangor Daily News, Rep. Joyce Fitzpatrick, R-Houlton, was successful in her bid to serve another term in House District 8 in the Legislature. She was challenged by Houlton Democrat Mike Jenkins, who also was running for council.
Fitzpatrick secured 70 percent of the vote to Jenkins’ 30 percent.
District 8 includes Amity, Hodgdon, Houlton, Orient and Cary Plantation.
In the race for District 9, incumbent Ricky Long, R-Sherman, secured 63 percent of the vote to defeat Patrick Hunt, a Democrat from Island Falls who won 37 percent of the vote.
District 9 includes more than 17 communities in the Island Falls area.
In Senate District 34, Sen. Roger Sherman, R-Hodgdon, defeated challenger Daniel Levesque, an Ashland Republican. Sherman secured 66 percent of the vote to Levesque’s 34 percent.