A Town Council race in Bucksport that ended with a one-vote difference was resolved Tuesday with a recount that upheld the Nov. 5 results.
After a recount was held around midday Tuesday at the local town office, the results were the same as they were on election night: Robert Carmichael, an incumbent on the council, received 433 votes and James Morrison received 434, according to town staff. The men were competing for a two-year term on the board, which became available after David Kee resigned from his council seat in July.
With Carmichael’s loss, three new councilors will begin serving on the seven-seat board in the coming months. Joining Morrison with be Kathy Downes, Bucksport’s former town clerk, and Edward Rankin, each of whom was elected to a three-year term. Downes and Rankin replace Carmichael, who opted to run for Kee’s vacated seat instead of for another three-year term, and Paul Gauvin, who opted not to seek re-election.
Morrison will begin his term immediately, in time for the council meeting on Thursday, while Downes and Rankin will begin their terms in January, allowing Carmichael and Gauvin to finish their terms at the end of the year.