Sunday, November 10, 2013

Lowest voter turnout in recent years - By Michelle Libby

 Chapman, Muir and Moore join council
 Colby and Fleck represent RSU14

On Tuesday, 17 percent of Windham voters cast their ballots for three town council seats and two seats on the RSU 14 school board. The only person re-elected was town clerk Linda Morrell, who ran unopposed and has held her position for 12 and a half years. This was her seventh time on the ballot.  
Town council south district race, Donna Chapman beat incumbent Kevin Call by 56 votes. Robert Muir beat incumbent Peter Anania by a wide margin for the at-large seat and Roy Moore who ran unopposed took his seat. 

In the RSU 14 school board race where two candidates were elected, Jennifer Fleck had 1,042 votes, Eric Colby had 1,010 and Pete Heanssler had 768. Fleck and Colby were sworn in on Wednesday night at the school board meeting. 

Windham voters approved all bond issues except for question 4, which asked about funds for a public-private partnership for a building project for a new science facility at the Maine Maritime Academy. Raymond’s 633 voters approved all of the bond issues, which is how the state voted as well. All bond issues passed. 

In Windham, the voter turnout was the lowest in years with the election in November 2007 coming close with 2,500 voters. Although, Morrell said that “it was steady all day. There was always a handful or more voting.”

Chapman, Moore and Muir will be sworn in on November 12 at the town council meeting.

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