NORWAY – Warren Sessions Jr. narrowly won one of two selectmen’s Tuesday night by 14 votes over Wes Wentworth by a vote of 273-259.

Incumbent Bill Damon easily won re-election to his seat with 403 votes.

“Our town really sticks by the rules. I trust them fully. I don’t think it’s necessary. Whatever happens, happens,” said Wentworth when asked if he will ask for a recount of ballots.

Wentworth said he is looking forward to continuing his town work, which includes a seat as a library trustee and on the Tree Committee.

The apparent winners expressed their pleasure at the results.

“I’m very pleased that many people in town have confidence in me,” said Sessions from his home after hearing the results. Sessions, who works as manager of the Oxford County Recycling Center, said earlier he is concerned about getting a lid on increasing taxes and other issues.

Damon also said he was pleased with the results. “I appreciate it very much,” Damon said. “I really enjoyed serving on the Board of Selectmen. I like to work with a board that works well together. I know Warren Sessions. I feel quite confident we can work with him real good.”

The fourth candidate, former Selectman Robert “Bobby” Walker, received 213 votes.

A total of 685 voters turned out in stifling hot weather to elect selectmen and validate a $35.8 million school budget.

In other election matters, longtime school committeeman Donald Gouin, who ran unopposed for his three-year seat as a SAD 17 director, received 597 votes.

Newcomer Karen Hatch, who sought a three-year seat on the Norway Memorial Library Board of Trustees vacated by Marilyn Eaton, was elected by 613 votes. It also appears that Sallie Nealand will be re-elected to her seat on 20 write-in votes. Nealand’s term expired in 2008 but she was unable to return nomination papers because of a family situation. She is expected to accept the position, according to Town Clerk Shirley Boyce.


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