Lacy wins runoff election for North Yarmouth selectman

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NORTH YARMOUTH — The third time was the charm for Peter Lacy, who defeated incumbent Jim Moulton 385-216 in Tuesday’s runoff election for the Board of Selectmen.

Lacy and Moulton each received 408 votes in the June 14 election. A June 24 recount, which included previously uncounted ballots, produced another tie, 409-409.

Lacy said after Tuesday’s count that he was surprised at the turnout, but also pleased with the result. He said he talked with residents after the June vote who had not heard of him, “so I tried to make contact with as many people as I could (this time), and I think that helped.”

Six weeks after the initial vote, Lacy said it was nice to put the uncertainty about the election in the past.

“I’m looking forward to working with everybody on the board, and trying to move forward,” he said, with decisions before the town regarding the rebuilding of Wescustogo Hall and redevelopment of North Yarmouth Memorial School.

The June 14 election had five candidates running for two, three-year terms on the board. Lacy and Moulton trailed Anne Graham, who received 796 votes; Nelson Smith received 299 votes, and Paul Metevier 164.

Since his re-election was in limbo, Moulton has not sat on the board since June 30, the last day of the 2016 fiscal year.

Moulton has served 13 years on the Board of Selectmen – most recently from 2005-08, before being elected again last year to complete an unexpired term. He was also on the School Board from 2002-2005 and 2012-2015. He served on the Policy Committee during his time on the SAD 51 board.

Moulton, the owner of Jim’s Auto Repair, has also served six years on the Cumberland County Budget Advisory Committee and several years on the Zoning Board of Appeals.

Lacy is an attorney with the state. He serves on the town’s Zoning Board of Appeals, and sat on the Conservation Commission when he lived in Lisbon.

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

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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.