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Russell bests Thompson in Topsham selectmen race

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Russell bests Thompson in Topsham selectmen race

TOPSHAM — Donald Russell, chairman of the Board of Selectmen, defeated Bill Thompson 2,533 to 1,622 Tuesday to secure another term on the panel.

Dorothy Gardner was uncontested in her bid for another term on the School Administrative 75 Board of Directors, earning 4,097 votes.

"I'm both honored and pleased with the results of the election," Russell said on Wednesday. He thanked Thompson for his efforts and willingness to run for the board, "giving the people of Topsham a choice at the polls."

Russell served on the Board of Selectmen from 2002 to 2005, the Planning Board from 2006-2009, the SAD 75 Board of Directors from 2006-2008, the Local Redevelopment Authority for the Topsham Navy Annex from 2005-2008, and the Sagadahoc Budget Advisory Committee from 2002-2008.

He also spent 33 years on the Board of Appeals, chairing it for 28 years, and started with the Board of Assessment Review in 2011.

Thompson is secretary of Topsham's Finance Committee, where he has served since 2009.

— Alex Lear