Starr Edges Ehrlenbach by 1 Vote



TRENTON — Sue Starr won election to a three-year term on the board of selectmen by a single vote in balloting here Friday.

Also, at the open town meeting on Saturday, citizens overwhelmingly defeated a proposal to shrink the board of selectmen from five members to three.

 

Sue Starr and Fred Ehrlenbach
Sue Starr and Fred Ehrlenbach

Town meeting voters also approved a regional shellfish conservation ordinance and passed a six-month moratorium on the establishment of medical marijuana dispensaries in the town.

Ms. Starr defeated write-in candidate Fred Ehrlenbach 109-108 for the one open seat on the board of selectmen.

At the town meeting on Saturday, state Sen. Dennis Damon, a Trenton resident, asked moderator Dick Vander Zanden, who had overseen the election the previous day, if any ballots had been challenged or thrown out. Mr. Vander Zanden said one ballot was “spoiled” and two were not counted because the voters had failed to check the box beside the name they wrote in. Town clerk and voter registrar Janet Muise said several ballots were thrown out for that reason.

For more political news, pick up a copy of the Mount Desert Islander.

 

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