Walsh, Hamlin win seats on North Yarmouth Board of Selectmen

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NORTH YARMOUTH — Andrew Walsh and Darla Hamlin claimed two seats on the Board of Selectmen in Tuesday’s election, narrowly edging Mark Girard.

Walsh and Hamlin earned 265 and 259 votes, respectively, while Girard received 250 votes. Walsh and Hamlin will replace Selectmen Carol Burgess and Mark Verrill, who chose not to run again.

Martha Leggat, who ran uncontested for a three-year term on the School Administrative District 51 Board of Directors, received 411 votes. The seat is being vacated by David Perkins.

The Budget Committee also had uncontested elections for three seats. Incumbent Pamela Ames received 383 votes, Burgess 346 and newcomer Donna Palmer 343.

Cemetery Commissioner David Hyde, who did not seek re-election, received seven write-in votes to win that election. The town will approach him about serving again.

Residents also approved three Town Charter amendment questions.

The first charter amendment, which distinguished between the annual municipal election and annual Town Meeting, passed 429-36. The second, which separated the two events, passed 420-42.

The third amendment, which passed 435-22, brought North Yarmouth’s charter language on the Shellfish Conservation Commission in line with Yarmouth’s. Both towns belong to the same shellfish district.

“I’m honored that I got elected, and the other two candidates were good people,” said Walsh, who is founder and president of Fat Andy’s Hardwoods on Walnut Hill Road. “I think the community would have been served fine by any two of the three.”

“I’m very excited; I look forward to working with the members of the board,” said Hamlin, who is co-founder and president of Soft Trac, a Falmouth consulting firm that specializes in nonprofit technology. “There are a number of challenges that we’re going to be faced with, and I will do the best I can.”

Girard, who lost by just nine votes, said he does not plan to seek a recount.

“I wanted to offer my services to the town, and I feel good about having done that,” said the chief operating officer and chief financial officer of SGC Engineering, a firm based in Westbrook.

Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or [email protected]. 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.