Moriarty, Perfetti re-elected to Cumberland Town Council

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CUMBERLAND — Steve Moriarty and Mike Perfetti will keep their seats on the Town Council for another three years.

Moriarty and Perfetti received 1,998 and 1,378 votes respectively in their runs for re-election Tuesday, defeating challenger Sally Leavitt, who received 1,316 votes. Results were unofficial as of Tuesday night.

Moriarty first served two terms on the Town Council from 1987 to 1993, then was elected in November 1997 to finish the final six months of an unexpired term. He has since served four full terms.

“I’m quite excited and very much looking forward to the challenges of the next three years,” Moriarty said Tuesday night. “I’m very humbled by the expression of support from the voters.”

This will be Perfetti’s second term on the Town Council.

“I’m looking forward to another three years on the council,” he said Tuesday night.

Despite being a newcomer, Leavitt trailed Perfetti by only 62 votes.

“It was an incredible turnout, which was wonderful,” she said. “For my first attempt, I’m incredibly pleased with how it went.”

Leavitt added that it is “a very real possibility” that she will run again.

The race for the two, three-year seats was Cumberland’s only contested election this spring.

James Bailinson ran unopposed for his seat on the School Administrative District 51 Board of Directors, where he is vice chairman. William Dunnett was uncontested in a bid to replace Susan Campbell. Bailinson and Dunnett received 2,069 and 2,035 votes, respectively.

Voter turnout was 50.3 percent, according to the town clerk.

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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.