Three elected to City Council



ELLSWORTH — The results are in: there will be two new faces and one familiar one at next month’s City Council meeting.

Incumbent Marc Blanchette, pharmacist Robert Miller and physician’s assistant Michelle Kaplan all won election Tuesday, beating brewer Edward Kamin III and cement worker Gene Lyons.

Out of the 3,140 votes cast for council candidates (voters could pick three), Miller received 26 percent of the vote (803 votes total) followed by Kaplan with 703 votes (22 percent) and Blanchette with 618 (20 percent).

Lyons finished just 20 votes behind Blanchette with 598 (19 percent), followed by Kamin with 418 votes, or 13 percent.

Voters also decided several uncontested races. Anne Lusby, Craig MacDonald and Ann Dyer were all elected to the Ellsworth Public Library Board of Trustees, for three-, two- and one-year terms, respectively.

Jennifer Alexander and Paul Markosian were both elected to fill two seats on the Ellsworth School Board, each for a three-year term.

A total of 1,277 voters — 20.5 percent of the city’s 6,229 registered voters — cast ballots in the municipal election. Turnout was down compared to last year, when 61.56 percent of the city’s then 6,010 registered voters cast ballots.

Kate Cough

Kate Cough

Kate 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. She lives in Southwest Harbor and welcomes story tips and ideas. She can be reached at [email protected]

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