LEWISTON — Doreen Christ picked up enough votes to claim the Ward 4 City Council seat again in light voter turnout Tuesday.
Christ, of 1 Buckley Ave., received 139 votes in Tuesday’s special election.
Opponent Charles Turgeon, of 43 Buckley St., received 47 votes. Christina Berry of 13 Dupuis Ave., received 22 votes. One vote was cast blank.
Only 6 percent of the ward’s registered voters cast ballots Tuesday. Christ said the light turnout made her nervous.
“It’s been a very slow turnout, and that means it could go either way,” Christ said before the polls closed. “When it’s like this, the final decision could come down to one person’s vote.”
City Clerk Kathy Montejo said the new councilor will be sworn in at a special noontime ceremony Wednesday at City Hall.
“The mayor may say a few words, the candidate may say a few words and that should be it,” Montejo said.
Christ’s first meeting will be the council’s workshop discussion on Feb. 14. Her first regular meeting will be Feb. 21.
Christ was the sole candidate on the ballot in November’s municipal election for Ward 4 and she won easily. The Clerk’s Office discovered afterward that she had not been a resident of the ward long enough to qualify. Her election was invalidated.
The new election was scheduled. Christ qualified this time, and was back in the race.
Christ said she actually did more campaigning for the special election than she did November’s regular municipal election.
“I did the streets I missed last time,” she said. “I was campaigning up until yesterday. I hit every street, and even the apartment buildings — although I didn’t knock on the doors at all the apartments. But they got brochures.”
Turgeon, Christ’s closest competitor, said he didn’t knock on as many doors this time but he did put up more signs. He said he would consider running against Christ again when her term runs out in two years.
Candidate Berry said this was her first time seeking office. She said she plans to get more involved in local and community groups.