Rowe wins Freeport's only contest, for Sewer District seat

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FREEPORT — In the town’s only contested election, voters on Nov. 8 elected Earl Rowe Jr. to the Freeport Sewer District Board of Trustees.

Residents on Tuesday also easily approved two charter amendments.

The first, which passed 4,368 to 718, allows residents to circulate petitions without having to have them signed at Town Hall in the presence of the town clerk. The other, which passed 3,425 to 966, allows residents to sign more than one candidate’s nomination papers.

According to town officials, approximately 85 percent of Freeport’s 6,600 registered voters participated in the general election that saw large numbers of voters either cast absentee ballots or turn out at the polls on Tuesday. 

In the race for sewer district, Rowe received 2,352 votes to 2,020 votes for Tim Whitacre. Throughout the course of the election, Rowe did not respond to several requests for an interview. 

Incumbent Thomas Hudak, who is the treasurer of the sewer board, is now heading into his third term after running unopposed.

The three Town Council seats up for election were uncontested.

John Egan was elected to an at-large seat with 4,345 votes; Councilor Scott Gleeson was re-elected to a third term in District 1 with 1,049 votes, and Peter Anzuini was elected to a one-year term in District 3 with 1,002 votes. 

The two seats up for election on the Regional School Unit 5 Board of Directors were also uncontested.

Sarah Woodard was elected to her first term with 3,817 votes and Valy Steverlynck was re-elected to a third term with 3,089 votes.

There were no official candidates for the one available seat on the Water District Board of Trustees.

According to Town Clerk Christine Wolfe, 315 write-in votes were cast for the position and officials were counting them early Wednesday. Wolfe said results would be final within a day.

Kate Gardner can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 125 or kgardner@theforecaster.net. Follow her on Twitter: @katevgardner.

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