Newcomers win in Bucksport Council race

BUCKSPORT — Residents Tuesday voted a slate of newcomers to the Town Council.

With nearly 27 percent of registered voters turning out, former longtime town clerk Kathy Downes took the most votes of any candidate — 793 — for a three-year seat on the council.

Joining Downes on the board filling another three-year seat is Ed Rankin Jr., who took 423 votes.

Three other candidates had sought three-year seats. Nancy Minott received 329 votes, while former councilor Paul Rabs received 215. Husband and wife Matthew and Rachel Paulauskas took 80 and 49 votes, respectively. There were 184 blank ballots.

Downes and Rankin replace Paul Gauvin and Robert Carmichael Jr., whose terms expire Dec. 31.

Meanwhile, Carmichael and two others, Joseph Davanzo and James Morrison, ran for a two-year term to fill the seat vacated by David Kee.

As of Wednesday morning, Morrison appeared to have won the race by one vote.

Morrison took 434 votes and Carmichael 433. Davanzo took 134 votes. There were 39 blank ballots.

Town Clerk Jacob Gran said Carmichael has asked for a recount, which has not yet been scheduled.

Gran said whoever is elected to the two-year seat will be sworn in at the Nov. 14 council meeting.

Downes and Rankin will be sworn in at the first Town Council meeting in January 2020, when their terms begin.

Regional School Unit 25 (RSU 25) School Committee Member Peter Clair, who ran uncontested for a three-year term, took the most votes of anyone Tuesday with 854 ballots cast.

In other business, residents approved a resolve to spend up to $1 million to replace the municipal pool. That vote was 695-274.

Residents also overwhelmingly approved taking out up to a $3-million bond for road repair, 724-244.

Jennifer Osborn

Jennifer Osborn

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