Beathem, Crosthwaite Elected to Council

ELLSWORTH — Incumbent City Councilor Stephen Beathem and former Councilor Robert Crosthwaite were elected to the City Council Tuesday.

Marc Blanchette finished third with 1,852 votes.

Crosthwaite will take the place of former Councilor Matthew Boucher, whose seat was declared vacant by the council in August after he accepted a job out of state.

Boucher’s seat would have been on the ballot anyway, though, because he was at the end of his term on the council.

In another contested municipal race, Dawn Hudson was elected to a three-year term on the Regional School Unit 24 School Board.

Hudson received 1,746 votes, while Casey Hardwick received 1,466. There were no other school board candidates on the ballot.

In an uncontested matter, two candidates were elected to three-year terms as library trustees.

Incumbent Ronald Fortier was returned to the Board of Trustees with 3,001 votes, while Robert Girmscheid was elected with 2,354 votes. Girmscheid takes the place of Jason Barrett.

The School Board contest between Hardwick and Hudson was the one that seemed to matter most to Ellsworth voters.

While there were 1,874 blanks in the City Council contest and 2,537 blanks for the library trustees, there were only 724 blanks in the School Board race. Write-in candidates were favored by 30 voters.

Voter turnout was strong in Ellsworth Tuesday, with 3,992 out of 5,510 registered voters casting ballots (a turnout rate of 72.5 percent).

More than a quarter — 1,084, or 27 percent — of Ellsworth voters cast absentee ballots this year.

For more political news, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American.

Steve Fuller

Steve Fuller

Reporter at The Ellsworth American,
Steve Fuller has worked at The Ellsworth American since 2012. He covers the city of Ellsworth, including the Ellsworth School Department and the city police beat, as well as the towns of Amherst, Aurora, Eastbrook, Great Pond, Mariaville, Osborn, Otis and Waltham. A native of Waldo County, he served as editor of Belfast's Republican Journal prior to joining the American. He lives in Orland. [email protected]