POLAND – A 22-year veteran of the Board of Selectmen was defeated by 10 votes in Friday’s elections. Glen P. Peterson defeated Reginald “Bud” Jordan 155 to 145.

Selectmen Chairman David W. Corcoran retained his seat, receiving 158 votes.

Peterson, who currently serves as chairman of the town’s Cable Advisory Committee, is a self-employed working artist, gold investor and real estate speculator. He said he ran for the board to give voters a choice besides incumbents. His goals include establishing better communications between the town and the municipal boards and to improve public access television coverage of municipal meetings.

Jordan served as a selectman for 22 years. He is also a 43-year employee of the town, currently working as road foreman. Jordan plans to retire in June. He said he hoped to attract small commercial development to Poland during the next three years.

Corcoran was re-elected to his third consecutive term. He served one other term on the board a few years ago. He is a self-employed carpenter. He said he hopes to see several projects the town began during the past year completed in the next three years.

Incumbent School Committee members Ira A. Levine and John W. Conway were returned to office with 146 and 145 votes, respectively. Mark Gray received 104 write-in votes.

Lorrie A. Young received 262 votes running unopposed for a seat on the library Board of Trustees. She is not an incumbent.

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