Perry voters to elect new selectman after recall

Posted Dec. 09, 2011, at 5:44 p.m.

PERRY, Maine — A special election will be held in January to fill the selectman seat left vacant by the recall on Thursday of Selectman John Cook.

In Thursday’s special election, 61 percent of 229 voters — 139 voters — were in favor of the recall, while 90 voters were opposed.

Some residents had been concerned about Cook remaining on the board after learning that he would be living part time in New Hampshire, where his wife recently accepted a position. He previously stated that he would not resign and that he planned to travel back and forth to Maine to keep up on town affairs and attend all selectmen’s meetings.

During Thursday’s election, voters also chose Scott MacNichol to fill the eight-month vacancy created by the recent resignation of Selectman David Turner. MacNichol attracted 125 votes to challenger John Ingersoll’s 102 votes.

Turner resigned in late October because he will be spending a good part of the year in Florida.

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