Trusiani wins Topsham special election; candidate charged with OUI finishes 3rd

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TOPSHAM — Former Selectman Jim Trusiani was returned to the Board of Selectmen on Tuesday in a special election that drew little voter interest.

Trusiani, of Main Street, received 166 of the 371 votes cast. Bill Thompson of Arbor Avenue received 124 votes, while Jean Wolkens of Meadow Road received 79. There were two write-in votes.

Wolkens confirmed on Tuesday that she was summonsed last Friday for drunken driving in connection with a single-car accident last month on Meadow Road. Her blood alcohol level at the time of the crash was 0.22 percent, or nearly three times the legal limit, according to police.

Trusiani replaces Andrew Mason, who stepped down from the Board of Selectmen after his election in state House District 60 last November. One year remains in his three-year term.

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Trusiani said Tuesday night taht he appreciated the votes he received. He has called experience one of his key attributes, and noted the town’s budget deliberations will begin soon.

Thompson said Wednesday that he was not surprised by the results, given how well-known Trusiani is around town. He is undecided about whether to run again in the next election.

Trusiani served three terms on the Board of Selectmen before being defeated by David Douglass and Ronald Riendeau last November in a three-way race for two board seats. The 52-year-old has lived in Topsham nearly all his life, and has worked as an equipment operator with Harry C. Crooker & Sons.

Trusiani’s public service includes a committee that looked into consolidation of School Administrative District 75 with the Lisbon school district. He has chaired the Sagadahoc County Budget Advisory Committee for four years.

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