Waldoboro backs Fossel, Winchenbach, approves rescue-pumper lease purchase
Waldoboro — Waldoboro residents voted to support Republican candidates Leslie Fossel of Alna for Maine Senate District 20 and Ellen Winchenbach of Waldoboro for Maine House District 50 in the Nov. 6 election.
Media reports published the morning of Nov. 7 indicate an overall victory for Winchenbach and a narrow defeat for Fossel.
Fossel has represented Friendship, Monhegan Island, Waldoboro, and Washington as District 20 senator since winning a special election to replace Republican David Trahan of Waldoboro in February 2012.
Voters in Waldoboro chose Fossel over incumbent Democrat Christopher Johnson of Somerville, with a final tally of 1,23 citizens supporting Fossel and 1,184 supporting Johnson.
Friendship voters chose Fossel over Johnson 338 to 297, while Washington residents cast 433 votes for Johnson and 370 votes for Fossel.
Winchenbach garnered a 1,508 to 959 lead in Waldoboro over Democrat Joel Alan Pitcher for the House District 50 seat, which represents Bremen, part of Jefferson, Nobleboro, and Waldoboro.
Bonds for conservation, transportation, and water systems all passed in Waldoboro with margins of at least 250 votes.
Question 1, which supports same-sex marriage, was defeated in Waldoboro by a vote of 1,388 to 1,173, while Question 2, a higher education bond, failed by a vote of 1,387 to 1,094.
Waldoboro voted along with the rest of the Midcoast region in re-electing Democratic President Barack Obama. The town also supported Independent former Maine Gov. Angus King's bid for U.S. Senate and Democrat Chellie Pingree's pursuit of the U.S. House District 1 seat.
Voters also approved a town hall article that authorizes the Waldoboro Board of Selectmen to use $200,000 to acquire a rescue-pumper vehicle, which will replace both a rescue vehicle and fire engine that are currently in use. The measure garnered 1,463 votes, with 1,019 votes opposing.
An article amending the Waldoboro land use ordinance failed in a vote of 1,259 to 988, while an amendment to the Waldoboro property maintenance ordinance was defeated 1,337 to 926.
Courier Publications reporter Bane Okholm can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.