Dwyer defeats Leggat to keep North Yarmouth seat on SAD 51 board

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NORTH YARMOUTH — Virginia Dwyer secured 556 votes on Tuesday to keep her seat on the School Administrative District 51 Board of Directors, defeating challenger Martha Leggat.

Leggat received 516 votes, according to unofficial totals.

“I’m very pleased,” said Dwyer, who has represented North Yarmouth on the board for one term. “I just want to keep pursuing the best education for the kids, and working on sustainability.”

Dwyer has been a member of the SAD 51 Sustainability Task Force, which called for an architectural and engineering study to be commissioned for North Yarmouth Memorial School, which houses grades four and five.

All other North Yarmouth elections were uncontested. Stephen Palmer received 821 votes to replace Anne Graham on the Board of Selectmen, and incumbent Robert Wood earned 554 to remain on the board.

Richard Baston received 1,244 votes to keep his seat on the Cemetery Commission, and Budget Committee incumbent Clark Whittier received 1,168 votes. No one else returned papers for the other two open Budget Committee seats, but the top two write-in vote recipients were Charlynn Tschida with 27 and Alvin Ahler with 7.

Alex Lear can be reached at 373-9060 ext. 113 or alear@theforecaster.net.

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.