ELLSWORTH — In a five-way race for two open seats, Elizabeth Alteri and Kelly McKenney were elected to the School Board on Tuesday, sending one-term incumbent Rob Hudson off the board.
McKenney, who served one term before stepping away in 2018, garnered 2,135 votes, the most of any candidate.
“I’m relieved. I’m happy. I’m exhausted,” McKenney said early Wednesday morning. “I’m looking forward to the first [board] meeting. There’s a lot of work to be done and I’m really excited.”
Alteri, a former news producer for News Center Maine and former manager of web content for The Ellsworth American, is a first-time elected public official who would like to see “more educator involvement,” she said prior to the election. She received 1,885 votes.
“I am excited by the win and pleasantly surprised,” said Alteri, who like many local candidates watched the results come in from City Hall. When unofficial results at 11 p.m. showed her winning a board seat, she went home. “I fell asleep by midnight with my phone in my hand,” she said.
For the upcoming Nov. 10 board meeting, Alteri pointed to the election of officers. “[This] is really important, as the current chair did not run for re-election,” she said. “That’s a priority getting those things in line so we can get to work.”
Candidate Kelli Casey received 1,157 votes, Hudson received 1,154 and Joel Horne received 893. Write-ins accounted for 29 votes and 2,289 ballots were blank.