BRUNSWICK — School Board candidates said that Brunswick Community United played a role in getting all three winners elected.
Joy Prescott, School Board Vice Chairwoman Corinne Perreault, and Chris McCarthy all received endorsements from the school interest group and won their respective races by large margins.
Prescott won the board’s at-large seat against Dale King with 67 percent of the vote, 6,598 to 3,149. The seat will be vacated by board member Michelle Small at the end of the year.
Perreault was re-elected to her District 4 seat, defeating Federico Senence with 75 percent of the vote, 1,134 to 366.
McCarthy took the uncontested District 3 seat with 1,595 votes. The seat will be vacated by board member Matt Corey.
Prescott and Perreault said Wednesday that BCU is partly to thank for their victories, because the group helped campaign for them.
“I’m pleased that Brunswick agreed with my message that we need a sensible approach to school issues,” Prescott said, adding that there were some individuals unaffiliated with BCU who also helped. She said she also spent a lot of time campaigning in neighborhoods and making herself available to constituents.
“I was pretty overhwhelmed,” Perreault said in reaction to her victory, “but I won by that much of a margin.”
She said her experience on the board also played a role in her re-election.
Senence said while he finds his loss disappointing, it won’t deter him from staying involved with the schools.
“Perreault has been on the board for five terms,” he said. “She also had the backing of the BCU. I think that was a huge factor.”
King, husband of outgoing Town Council Chairwoman Joanne King, said he also recognized BCU’s ability to gain heaping support for its candidates.
“I wish Joy the best of luck,” King said. “She ran a great campaign. She deserved to win.”
King also said he is wary of the School Board’s plans to borrow more to improve the schools.
Prescott said she would like to become involved with the School Department’s strategic plan and the master facility plan, both of which will begin fairly soon.
Perreault said she would also like to see through facility upgrades for Coffin School and Brunswick Junior High School by the end of her next term. She said she would also like to play a hand in bringing the department’s new math program to the junior high.
“I want to continue to find ways to maintain the level of education” the School Department has provided, she said.
All three Town Council candidates won their seats in uncontested races Tuesday.
Former Maine Speaker of the House John Richardson received 9,018 votes for the at-large seat.
Councilor John Perreault will continue serving District 4 for a second term and received 1,470 votes.
Councilor Suzan Wilson will continue serving District 3 for a second term, and received 1,615 votes.