Freeport Water District election goes to write-in candidate with 8 votes

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FREEPORT — Charly Haversat Matheson was elected to the Water District Board of Trustees as a write-in.

Matheson received eight write-in votes in the Nov. 8 election, and accepted the election Nov. 12, Town Clerk Christine Wolfe said.

There were no candidates on the ballot for the three-year seat being vacated by Trustee Michael Ashby, who did not seek re-election.

Results of the election were not available in the hours after the polls closed because of the time it took to count the 315 write-in votes. Wolfe said four counting teams tallied the votes; the results became available Nov. 9, after the deadline for the Nov. 10 edition of The Forecaster.

Wolfe said most names were only written in once, but some people received almost as many votes as Matheson. Only the person with the most write-ins is offered the position, and, Wolfe said, if that person declines, the seat is not offered to the person with the second-highest number of votes. Instead, a special election would be held to fill the vacancy.

Matheson has lived in Freeport for 20 years. She is an alternative investments consultant at a Boston-based financial services company.

In 2014, Matheson unsuccessfully sought election to the Regional School Unit 5 Board of Directors. She was also involved in the effort to have Freeport withdraw from the RSU, which failed at referendum in November 2014.

Matheson did not respond to requests for comment.

Kate Gardner can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 125 or kgardner@theforecaster.net. Follow her on Twitter: @katevgardner.

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