Fort Fairfield elects new town councilors, school board member
FORT FAIRFIELD, Maine — Two new town councilors and a new school board member will help Fort Fairfield determine its future in the new year.
Potato farmer Keith Thibeau and small business owner Patricia Canavan both won three-year terms on the town council. Thibeau garnered 885 votes while Canavan came in second at 552.
Candidates Justin Hersey and Stev Rogeski received 455 and 433 votes, respectively.
In the SAD 20 school board race, Angela Cormier defeated incumbent Wendy Ross with 647 to Ross’s 456. Candidate Ann Hull received 142 votes.
Local voters favored State House District 4 incumbent David McCrea, a Democrat, who received 718 votes. His opponent Mark Babin, a Republican, received 688 votes.
Voters gave most of their support to Republican candidates in the remainder of statewide races.
Former Gov. Paul LePage, who ultimately lost to incumbent Gov. Janet Mills, received 787 votes from Fort Fairfield compared to Mills’ 592. Independent candidate Sam Hunkler received 30.
In the race for State Senate District 1, Sue Bernard, R-Caribou, won 769 votes over Democratic Sen. Troy Jackson’s 633. Jackson ultimately held his seat.
In the U.S. House District 2 race, Republican Bruce Poliquin received 707 votes over his Democratic opponent Jared Golden, who gained 595. Independent Tiffany Bond got 86 votes.
Fort Fairfield voters favored Republican candidate William Dobbins for the open County Commissioners seat. Dobbins gained 731 votes over Independent candidate Paul J. Adams’ 564.
Results for local uncontested races included Aroostook County Sheriff Shawn Gillen’s 1,161 votes and current District Attorney Todd Collins’ 1,082 votes.
Local voters also gave 1,173 votes to Melissa Richardson, Aroostook’s register of deeds, and 1,186 to Darleen Guy, register of probate. Twenty-one votes went to Leigh Smith, the only declared write-in candidate for county treasurer.