ELLSWORTH, Maine — A victory for the Democratic candidate in an open race in District 3 means the Hancock County Commissioners will remain a bipartisan body.
With only the island of Frenchboro’s votes uncounted, Democrat Antonio Blasi has defeated R. Frederick Ehrlenbach 5,153 to 4,485. The district also includes Hancock, Franklin, Lamoine, Trenton, the towns on Mount Desert Island and other nearby offshore islands. Results from Frenchboro would not be enough to change the outcome.
Blasi, a Hancock small-business owner, and Ehrlenbach, chairman of the Trenton board of selectmen, were running to replace Democrat Fay Lawson, who decided not to run again. Blasi cautioned voters last week against giving the GOP all three commissioners’ seats. (The other two commissioners, Steven Joy and Percy Brown Jr., are Republicans).
“I don’t want to see three Republicans running Hancock County,” he said.
Blasi has said he wants to make commissioners’ meetings more open to the public by holding them in the evenings instead of weekday mornings, meeting at locations throughout the county and broadcasting meetings online or on local-access TV.
He offered few comments on embattled County Chief Financial Officer Phil Roy, but said the county’s financial office should be run by the elected county treasurer, not by an appointed CFO.
Steven Joy won an unopposed race to retain his seat representing District 1.
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