ELLSWORTH — A contested race for a four-year term as Hancock County commissioner from District II resulted in an upset Tuesday.
Challenger John Wombacher of Bucksport beat out longtime commissioner Percy “Joe” Brown of Deer Isle by 385 votes.
Democrat Wombacher took 4,590 votes to Republican Brown’s 4,205.
Wombacher is a political newcomer and owns Sundial Framing and Photography in Bucksport with his wife, Leslie. He is also a supervisor at the Ellsworth Home Depot.
“Obviously, I’m really excited to serve the communities,” Wombacher said. “I’m just really proud to have won.
“I think Commissioner Brown has 20 years of a legacy of serving the county he should be proud of,” Wombacher said. “I hope to serve the county just as well. I’m looking forward to the future.”
Another contested county race, for judge of probate, was tight.
Incumbent Judge William Blaisdell IV, a Republican, was re-elected to a four-year term with 13,903 votes. That’s just 235 votes more than his Democratic challenger, Bar Harbor attorney Lynne Williams, who received 13,668.
In other contested county races, Republican incumbent Matt Foster appears to have won another four-year term as District 7 district attorney as of press time.
In Hancock County, Foster took 13,956 votes. His challenger, Ellsworth attorney Steve Juskewitch, received 12,772.
In Washington County, Foster had a solid lead as of press time with 4,961 votes to Juskewitch’s 3,526, according to the Bangor Daily News. That’s with 32 of Washington County’s 45 precincts reporting.
Foster said Wednesday that he wanted to thank residents for their support.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to continue to serve Hancock and Washington counties as their district attorney,” Foster said. “My team and I will continue to work diligently to protect the people of Downeast Maine.”
Other county races were uncontested, including sheriff and register of deeds. Both offices carry four-year terms.
Incumbent Republican Sheriff Scott Kane of Brooksville was re-elected with 21,125 votes across Hancock County.
Incumbent Republican Register of Deeds Julie Curtis of Eastbrook was re-elected with 20,382 votes.