BETHEL — In a vote of 35 to 15, voters chose Carlie Casey over Scott Cole as Bethel Town Meeting moderator on Tuesday.

The vote for moderator for Wednesday’s Bethel Town Meeting was taken before the polls opened on Tuesday at the American Legion Mundt-Allen Post 80.

Around 7:50 a.m. Town Clerk Jessicca Grover stood on a chair before the large crowd and read the part of the warrant that contained Article 1, “to elect by written ballot a moderator to preside at said meeting” and Article 2 “to elect all municipal officers, assessors, and school board directors as are required to be elected.”

Nominations for both Carlie Casey and Scott Cole, both of Bethel, were made and seconded. Registered voters voted by written ballot. The votes were collected by Bob Everett and two clerks counted.

While Cole’s campaign for moderator had been quiet these past few weeks, Casey spelled out his reasons in an e-mail that was sent then forwarded to several townspeople on Monday night.

“I have been led to believe Scott Cole has been organizing ‘some people’ (I have no idea how many) to show up at 7:45 at the Legion Hall tomorrow morning to elect him Moderator. If we are to have a neutral non-resident to moderate our Town Meeting on Wednesday, I need to have as many registered Bethel voters as I can get to show up at the Legion Hall at 7:45 tomorrow morning to elect me as Moderator. If elected, I will do the election observation job tomorrow … and I will designate Terry Hayes on Wednesday evening as Assistant Moderator.


“I am sending this email to many of you in the community who might be interested in this process. However, I am sending it “Bcc” to reserve your privacy. Since none of you will know who else is a recipient, please forward this email to anyone you think might wish to have a neutral facilitator as Town Meeting Moderator.” wrote Casey in the e-mail.

Terry Hayes, of Buckfield, was last year’s moderator.

Some people said they had not received the email, but had heard by “word of mouth.”

Following the vote for moderator, most people cycled back into line to collect their ballots and vote in the local, state and school board election.

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