No surprises in uncontested Cape Elizabeth elections

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CAPE ELIZABETH — In an off-year election for uncontested town offices, nearly 50 percent of registered voters went to the polls Tuesday.

Incumbent Councilor David Sherman was re-elected with 2,748 votes. Former School Board member Katharine Ray was elected to her first term on the council, with 2,720 votes.

Ray, a resident of Spurwink Avenue, replaces Councilor Anne Swift-Kayatta, who decided not to seek re-election after serving 12 years on the council.

Previously, Ray was a School Board member for eight years. She is 52, married and has a daughter in college.

Incumbent School Board member Mary Townsend of Pearl Street was elected to fill the unexpired board term created by the election of state Rep. Kim Monaghan-Derrig. Townsend received 3,092 votes.

School Board newcomers Joanna Morrissey and Elizabeth Scifres were elected with 2,770 and 2,551 votes, respectively.

Scifres, 36, is married and lives on Longfellow Drive. She stays at home with her two young children and is the varsity girls tennis coach at South Portland High School.

Morrissey, 46, of Old Fort Road, is the project manager for 21 Reasons, a substance abuse prevention coalition in Portland. She is married and has 11- and 14-year-old children.

Of Cape’s 7,500 registered voters, about 3,700 residents cast ballots, according the town clerk’s office.

They voted overwhelmingly for state ballot Question 1, to restore same-day voter registration; state Question 4, the constitutional amendment to change the schedule of congressional redistricting, and a $33 million county bond issue to renovate the Cumberland County Civic Center.

And by wide margins they voted against state Questions 2 and 3, which would have allowed gaming operations in Biddeford, Washington County and Lewiston.

Questions 1 and 4 passed statewide, and Questions 2 and 3 failed. The Civic Center bond issue was approved.

Amy Anderson can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 110 or aanderson@theforecaster.net. Follow her on Twitter: @amy_k_anderson.

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