HAMPDEN, Maine — The outcome of this month’s tight race for an at-large seat on the Town Council remained unchanged after a ballot recount conducted Wednesday in the council chambers at the Hampden Municipal Building.
According to the unofficial tally released on election night, David C. King lost the election for a councilor-at-large position in a tight race against Gregory J. Sirois, who received 662 votes to King’s 657 votes, Town Clerk Denise Hodson said.
A third candidate, Katherine Cavness, received 157 votes, the initial results showed.
After the recount, which was conducted at King’s request and which took less than two hours to complete, the tally changed by one vote, with Sirois’ total remaining at 662 and King’s dropping by one vote to 656, Hodson said.
The three-way race for the at-large seat was the only contest on this year’s municipal election ballot.
Hodson said that Sirois and Ivan McPike, who was unopposed for election to the remainder of Janet Hughes’ unexpired District 1 council seat, will be sworn in during the council’s next regular meeting, set for 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2.