Foley, Donovan win Scarborough Town Council seats

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SCARBOROUGH — In a four-person race for two seats on the Town Council, incumbent Councilor Bill Donovan was re-elected Tuesday, along with first-time candidate Kathleen Foley.

In uncontested races for two seats on the Board of Education, voters also re-elected incumbent Jodi Shea, and elected Cari Lyford to a first full, three-year term.

Foley earned the most votes the council election, with 6,735, and Donovan followed with 6,433. Opponents Marjorie DeSanctis and Annalee Rosenblatt earned 4,048 and 3,842 votes, respectively.

Foley said Wednesday morning that she was “humbled and grateful.”

She said she tried to run her campaign on “integrity, honesty, transparency and open government – those are things that I’m extremely passionate about and will do everything I can to bring (them) to every process in town I’m a part of.”

“I think this election has been the most divisive in our country’s history, and while I believe we did a really great job at the local level,” the outcome of the presidential election “is going to affect all of us,” Foley said. “(L)ocal-level politicians have a big duty to model a way forward for our country.”

Donovan, who did not return calls for comment Wednesday morning, said in October that he wanted the council, town boards and committees, and members of the community to continue working toward “civility.”

Donovan also said it’s important that residents be able to expect “low and predictable tax rates … so that people have faith in us, can trust us and so they can know what’s coming down the road.”

He said his second major area of concern is making sure town schools receive adequate funding.

“I believe that a quality school system is about as high a priority as any community can have,” Donovan said, adding that “funding a school system within reasonable bounds is the best way to promote property values.”

DeSanctis said Wednesday morning that while she was “a little disappointed,” and plans to run again for a seat on the council.

“I think I achieved a really good goal: my name is much more known now than it was before,” she said.

Rosenblatt said that while she’s also disappointed, “I’m not discouraged.”

She lauded the other candidates for a “well-run” and “civil” race. “The voters have spoken and I am sure that Bill and Katy will really be good councilors,” Rosenblatt said. “I look forward to a good year.”

Lyford, of Hunter Point Drive, was elected last November to finish the term of School Board member Jane Leng, who resigned. She is an elementary school teacher in the greater Portland area.

Shea, of Windsor Pines Drive, is chairwoman of the School Finance Committee and operations manager for the Maine Real Estate Network.

Shea received 9,780 votes and Lyford, 9,155.

In other election results, David Nelson and Aubrey Strause both won three-year terms in uncontested races for the Sanitary District Board of Trustees.

Alex Acquisto can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 106 or aacquisto@theforecaster.net. Follow Alex on Twitter: @AcquistoA.

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South Portland and Scarborough reporter for The Forecaster. Graduate of Western Kentucky University and the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. Alex can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 106.