Bingham, Edes win uncontested Cumberland council seats

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CUMBERLAND — With no contests this year, everyone who submitted nomination papers for Tuesday’s Town Council and School Board elections won.

Councilors Mike Perfetti and Jon Jennings had chosen not to run again. Peter Bingham of Brook Road and Michael Edes of Edes Road secured those two open seats with respective votes of 658 and 588.

Perfetti has served two terms on the council, while Jennings was appointed in January to replace Steve Moriarty, who resigned after being elected to the state House of Representatives.

Bill Dunnett and Jim Bailinson, incumbents on the School Administrative District 51 Board of Directors, did not seek re-election. Bethany Hanley of West Branch Road and Geraldine Sanchez of Shady Run Lane won those seats with 654 and 574, respectively.

This year also sees a new Cumberland representative seat on the School Board, for which former board member Karen Campbell of Stonewall Drive ran unopposed and won with 670 votes.

Population change prompted the now-eight-member board to change its composition. Cumberland’s population in the 2010 census grew to 7,211, nearly 67 percent of the district’s total population; North Yarmouth’s population was 3,565.

The School Board now has five members from Cumberland and three from North Yarmouth. Adding a sixth Cumberland representative increases the town’s representation to two-thirds, matching its share of the SAD 51 population.

Of 5,946 registered voters, 747 ballots were cast – 12.56 percent of the town’s voting population.

Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or Follow him on Twitter: @learics.

A Maine native and Colby College graduate, Alex has been covering coastal communities since 2001, and currently handles Bath, Topsham, Cumberland, and North Yarmouth. He and his wife, Lauren, live in the Portland area, and Alex recently released his third album of original music.