Grindle, Phillips elected to City Council



John Phillips

Heather Grindle

ELLSWORTH — There will be one new and one returning councilor on the Ellsworth City Council in the coming weeks.

Heather Grindle and John Phillips were elected to the council with 37 percent and 24 percent of the vote, respectively in Tuesday’s election.

Grindle received 2,044 votes while Phillips had 1,336. Phillips narrowly beat candidate Gene Lyons, who garnered exactly 100 fewer votes than Phillips with 1,236. David Burks received 17 percent of the vote.

Grindle and Phillips will replace councilors Steve Beathem and Robert Crosthwaite, whose terms expire this year. Phillips has served on the council before, while Grindle is a newcomer.

Abigail Miller was elected to the Ellsworth School Board with 1,860 votes, defeating Colon Haskell, who finished with 1,236. Miller will replace School Board member Kelly McKenney, whose term expires this year.

Jane McLetchie and Ron Fortier were both re-elected to the Ellsworth Public Library Board of Trustees.

Kate Cough

Kate Cough

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