HOPE — In a three-way race for two seats on the town Select Board, Hope residents chose Michael Schultz and Charles Weidman over incumbent Bruce Haffner.

Weidman received 138 votes and Schultz was supported by 146 citizens. Haffner trailed with 81 votes.

Bruce Haffner

Michael Schultz

Charles Weidman

Weidman owns Charlie’s Marine Services and specializes in bringing up boats when they sink, towing them, diving and passenger service to the islands. He is also a firefighter in Hope and an EMT and firefighter in South Thomaston.

Schultz said he works in Human Resources.

Haffner has been vocal in arguing for a town public works department and buying its own snowplowing equipment rather than contracting out such service.

In June 2021, he was the subject of a recall election. The petition to remove Haffner cited him undermining the majority vote of the select board by campaigning against the roads budget. The recall also concerned turmoil between Haffner and some other town officials that dominated the town’s political scene throughout much of the pandemic.

Haffner’s term on the Select Board survived the recall effort. Townspeople split evenly on whether to recall him last year with a vote of 128 to 128.

Despite that, residents opted not to give him another term on the board in the 2022 election.

In a straw poll, residents voted 179 to 71 against changing the town’s town meeting process. The vote shoots down the idea of changing from open town meeting to secret ballot voting.

Residents also voted as follows for budget committee: Wendy Pelletier (who had been serving on the Select Board) received 163 votes and Wayne Luce 164.

Nicholas O’Hara was elected to the school committee with 117 votes, beating Jacob Eichenlaub, who trailed with 76 votes.

Lori Perez was elected to the Five Town CSD with 184 votes.

The school budget was approved.