PARIS — The outcome of the race for Oxford County District 2 commissioner between incumbent David Duguay, I-Byron, and Jane Rich, D-Andover, was still unknown at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Of the district's communities of Andover, Byron, Canton, Dixfield, Gilead, Hartford, Lincoln and Magalloway plantations, Mexico, Milton Township, Newry, Peru, Roxbury, Rumford, Sumner and Upton, clerks from the two plantations were the only ones who contacted the Sun Journal with results. Ballots were still being tabulated in the other towns.
Of 26 voters in Lincoln Plantation, 14 chose Duguay and 12 picked Rich. In Magalloway Plantation, 12 voters chose Duguay and two picked Rich.
Duguay, a graduate of Mexico High School, is the store manager of Hannaford Supermarket and Pharmacy in Jay, and co-owner of Amato's Restaurant/Fielder's Choice Ice Cream Shop in Rumford.
According to a Sun Media Wire story by Peter McGuire on Nov. 2, Duguay said a passion for county government drove his campaign. He has served as the District 2 commissioner for eight years.
He told McGuire that he sought re-election "to continue to find ways to improve services and keep taxes low."
Duguay said he also wanted to examine new roles for county government.
Rich served for nine years as the first woman selectman for Andover and for 20 years from 1991 to 2010 as the Oxford County Register of Deeds before retiring. She also founded Andover Olde Home Day in 1980 and served as chairman until 1990, according to her campaign website.
Additionally, Rich is pastor of the First Congregational Church in Andover.
She said Tuesday afternoon that she sought the District 2 seat "because there's never been a woman on that board."
"It's always been an all-male, good-old-boys board," she said.
If elected, Rich said she would be "a dedicated and committed public servant who will endeavor to keep the county budget at a level that does not impact your local property taxes, but who will also see that essential services are maintained."
She said she also ran against Duguay as an experiment to see if shoestring campaigns really do work, spending about $900 of her money for some newspaper advertising.
"If I can't run on my reputation and without spending any money, I should hang it up," Rich said.