ELLSWORTH — Two new faces will be seated at the City Council table when it meets on Monday, Nov. 8. Casey Hanson and Steven O’Halloran won three-year terms as councilors in Tuesday’s election in a four-way race for two open seats.
Incumbents Heather Grindle and John Phillips both declined to run for re-election, leaving the race wide open for new candidates.
Candidates John Linnehan and Edward Mathias Kamin III came in third and fourth, respectively, but with solid showings among voters.
With 2,745 votes cast, Hanson secured 1,504 and O’Halloran 1,374. Absentee ballots accounted for 690 of the ballots.
“I’m so grateful to the voters for electing me to the council, and I look forward to working with the other members of council to guide Ellsworth forward in these next few years,” Hanson told The American.
O’Halloran was not available for comment before press time.
Linnehan, who touted God and the Constitution as voting points, along with cutting the city budget by 10 percent, spent most of the day at City Hall greeting voters. He won 1,086 votes. Kamin secured 961 votes, despite recent controversy over the circulation of social media comments he posted during Black Lives Matter demonstrations last year. This is the second council run for both candidates.
The Nov. 8 meeting is the council’s annual organizational meeting, which includes the election of chairperson for the coming year. Dale Hamilton, elected in 2017, has led the council since November 2019.
The terms of councilors Marc Blanchette, Michelle Kaplan and Robert Miller end in 2022, while Hamilton and Gene Lyons are seated through 2023.
A healthy voting turnout brought 41.25 percent of voters to the polls.