PARIS — Political newcomer Walter Perry defeated Rusty Brackett on Tuesday for a seat on the Select Board, denying the board chairman a third term.

Perry, a teacher, coach and science department chairman at Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School, mounted a spirited campaign against the incumbent. Perry finished with 225 votes, compared to 165 for Brackett, who had been on the Select Board since 2016.

Brackett received the endorsement of Town Manager Dawn Noyes, who cited that the present board worked well together and she hoped it would remain intact. Perry thought the endorsement, written on town stationery, was inappropriate, especially when he said it reflected support by the entire town.

The Paris Select Board had been intact since 2019.

In the other contests, Julia Lester defeated incumbent Troy Ripley for a seat on the School Administration District 17 board of directors by a margin of 216-161. In the vote on the SAD 17 school budget, residents supported both it, 252-125, and the adult education program by a vote of 290-104.

Elected to the Paris Utility District Trustees for three-year terms were Bradley Frost and Darren Boyce with 269 and 188 votes. respectively.

A total of 352 residents voted at the polls Tuesday with another 46 voting absentee.

Residents still have to decide on the municipal budget at the annual Town Meeting on June 21 at the Paris Fire Station on Western Avenue.

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