Woods loses bid for re-election to RSU 58 board

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EUSTIS — Regional School Unit 58 Director Sara Woods lost her bid for re-election Friday to Sarah Strunk.

Strunk received 71 votes to Woods’ five, Town Clerk Kathy Fearon said. 

The term is for three years.

Selectman John Caldwell, who was uncontested, was re-elected with 69 votes.

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There were many write-in candidates for three, three-year Planning Board seats that no one filed nomination papers for, Fearon said.

The top vote-getters were Sara Woods with five, and Debra Buschmann with four. Three others were tied with three votes each and seven were tied with two votes each, Fearon said.

“I have to call (Maine Municipal Association) to see how to handle it,” she said.

The town meeting is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 6, at the Community Building.

Baston, Pratt elected as selectmen

STRONG — Incumbent Selectman Milt Baston and former Selectmen Rupert Pratt were elected to the board over incumbent James Burrill and Robert Boyd, Town Clerk Lois Barker said Friday night.

Baston received 175 votes; Pratt, 162; Burrill, 132; and Boyd, 102. 

Both terms are three years.

Duayne Boyd was elected to a three-year term as fire chief with 277 votes. Barker was re-elected town clerk with 263 votes to a second three-year term.

Write-in candidate Bill Birden received 38 votes to serve a five-year term on the Budget Committee. A second write-in candidate, Jacob Richards, received 18 votes for that position.

Birden has said he will take the position, Barker said.

The annual town meeting will reconvene at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, March 6, at the Forster Building.

Stowell keeps seat on Board of Selectmen

WELD — Incumbent Selectman Nancy Stowell retained her seat by a 72-39 vote over challenger Kelly Hutchinson on Friday, Town Clerk Carol Cochran said Friday.

Stowell will also have the duties of assessor and overseer of the poor.

Cochran was re-elected town clerk and tax collector, receiving 107 votes for each of the positions, she said.

Nancy Pratt received 106 votes to be re-elected to the Planning Board for five years.

The town meeting continues at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 6, at the town hall.

dperry@sunjournal.com

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