ELLSWORTH — Newcomer Juliette Wilbur won the Republican primary race for Hancock County register of probate Tuesday, beating out Deputy Probate Clerk Velma Jordan.
Wilbur took 2,625 votes to Jordan’s 2,297, according to preliminary results. That’s a difference of 328 votes.
In the city of Ellsworth, where Wilbur resides, she took 445 votes to Jordan’s 396.
Jordan took the most votes in the town of Waltham, where she resides, with 74 votes to Wilbur’s nine.
Wilbur has spent nearly the past two decades as a paralegal. She currently works for District Attorney Matt Foster as a legal secretary. She worked in the probate office for two years as a clerk.
There is no declared Democratic candidate for probate clerk.
Current Register of Probate Gail Coughlin is not seeking re-election.
Primary races for two seats on the Hancock County Board of Commissioners were uncontested on the ballot.
In District 1, Republican incumbent William Clark of Ellsworth received 1,997 votes and Democrat Rebecca Wentworth of Blue Hill received 2,063.
District 1 includes Amherst, Aurora, Blue Hill, Eastbrook, Ellsworth, Gouldsboro, Great Pond, Mariaville, Osborn, Otis, Sorrento, Sullivan, Surry, Waltham and Winter Harbor.
In District 3, Democrat Ian Schwartz of Mount Desert received 2,177 votes. Paul Paradis, a Republican write-in candidate, received 351 votes with all but one of the district’s towns reporting.
The district includes Bar Harbor, Cranberry Isles, Franklin, Frenchboro, Hancock, Lamoine, Mount Desert, Southwest Harbor, Swan’s Island, Tremont and Trenton.