HOULTON, Maine — Two people who had previously served in the position and a newcomer secured seats on the Town Council during elections on Tuesday.
Town Clerk Cathy O’Leary said Wednesday that Sue Tortello, Paul Cleary and Robert Hannigan were given the nod by voters to be seated to the three available three-year positions on the council. They defeated challenger Carl Lord, who served one term as a councilor from 2004-2007 but has failed in subsequent bids to get re-elected.
Tortello, the incumbent, secured the most votes with 1,033. Cleary, a former councilor and former SAD 29 school board member, was second with 929. Hannigan, the chairman of the Houlton Zoning Board of Appeals and the parks and recreation advisory board, received 897 votes. Lord received 459.
Cleary and Hannigan will take over seats vacated by Walter Goodrich and Brian Donnelly. Goodrich could not run due to term limits, and Donnelly did not seek another term.
There was also one open one-year term on the council, which was retained by incumbent Mike Jenkins. He secured 800 votes to hold off a challenge by Phil Bernaiche, who received 414 votes. Bernaiche also is a former councilor and school board member.
The race for SAD 29 school board was uneventful, as three candidates sought three open seats.
Incumbents Cynthia Hillman Forbush and Elizabeth Anderson received 1,005 votes and 1,054 votes respectively. John Tribou, a newcomer to the board, won the third seat with 1,003 votes. Tribou won the seat vacated by Paul Cleary, who decided to vacate it in order to run for a council slot.
Two candidates — Richard Goodwin and Galen Hogan — were re-elected to two open seats on the Houlton Water Co. board of directors.
Two candidates — Gerald Berthelette and Walter Goodrich — won two open seats on the board of budget review.
Gary Hagan defeated Priscilla Monroe to keep his five-year seat on the Cary Library board of trustees.