Holbrook re-elected; Blaise, St. Clair join Scarborough Town Council
SCARBOROUGH — The waiting may have been the hardest part, but Tuesday's elections will put four newcomers on the Town Council and School Board.
Voters also approved buying a new ladder truck for the Fire Department.
Town Clerk Tody Justice said problems with tallying votes, as opposed to voting machine malfunctions, delayed the release of election results. Unofficial results were not released until about noon Wednesday, or 16 hours after polls closed.
Once released, the results showed widespread support for incumbent Councilor Jessica Holbrook, who led all council candidates with 5,836 votes. Holbrook won her second three-year term and was joined on the council by Ed Blaise, a fiscal conservative who received 3,902 votes.
Blaise, who has served on school boards in Vermont, won the second three-year term open on the council and will replace Councilor Carol Rancourt. Rancourt could not seek re-election because of town term limits rules.
Council candidates Paul Andriulli and Chris Coon trailed the field for the three-year seats with 3,599 votes and 3,385 votes, respectively. Andriulli was also unsuccessful in a council bid in 2011.
A third council election to fill the remaining two years on the seat left open by former Councilor Karen D'Andrea's August resignation was won by newcomer Kate St. Clair. She defeated Bill Donovan, 4,676 to 4,602.
The School Board will welcome two new members: Donna Beeley and Chris Caiazzo, who were elected to three-year terms. Incumbent Jackie Perry, who has served at various times on the board dating to 1977, was re-elected and led the uncontested candidates with 7,827 votes.
Current board members Jane Wiseman and Robert Mitchell did not seek re-election.
Scarborough Sanitary District trustees Ben Viola and Nick Rico also won new three-year terms in uncontested races.
Voters also approved a 20-year bond to buy a new ladder truck for the Fire Department, 7,050 to 4,196. The purchase price is no more than $900,000; the entire debt, including principal and interest at 2 percent over the 20 years, is estimated at $1.08 million.
Justice said about 75 percent of local voters cast ballots Tuesday. By Election Day, there were almost 15,300 registered voters, with about 800 added in recent and Election Day registrations.