North Yarmouth plans recount of tied election

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NORTH YARMOUTH — A ballot recount is planned Friday, June 24, in the Board of Selectmen election that unofficially resulted in a tie between two candidates.

Peter Lacy and incumbent Selectman Jim Moulton both received 408 votes on June 14, trailing Anne Graham’s 796, according to unofficial results. They were among five candidates running for two three-year terms on the board; Nelson Smith received 299 votes, and Paul Metevier 164.

The tied candidates could have either asked for a recount, or one could have withdrawn. If neither had occurred, a runoff election would have been required.

But Lacy requested a recount Monday. If the new tally also produces a tie, a runoff election is expected to be held Aug. 2, Town Manager Rosemary Roy said Tuesday.

This is the first time Lacy, who works for the state as an attorney, has run for elected office in North Yarmouth. He serves on the Zoning Board of Appeals, and sat on the Conservation Commission when he lived in Lisbon.

Moulton, owner of Jim’s Auto Repair, has served a total 13 years on the board, previously from 2005-2008 before being elected again last year. He also sat on the School Administrative District 51 Board of Directors from 2002-2005 and 2012-2015.

He has also served six years on the Cumberland County Budget Advisory Committee and several years on the town Zoning Board of Appeals.

Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or alear@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @learics.

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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.