ROCKLAND — Penelope York won the second seat on the Rockland City Council, besting Councilor Nate Davis by one vote.

Adam Lachman won election to the Rockland City Council on election night, Nov. 8 but the second seat ended initially in a tie between incumbent Councilor Nate Davis and challenger Penelope York.

On election night, Lachman led all candidates with 1,549 votes. Davis and York each received 1,328 votes. Steven MacDonald finished with 903 votes. This was the first time a tie has occurred for a Rockland City Council race.

When the recount ended, York had 1,329 votes and Davis remained at 1,328.

If the recount had ended in a tie, there would have been a special runoff election between Davis and York.

Lachman and York will be sworn into office on Monday, Nov. 21. That is the meeting where the mayor will be elected for the next year.

Rockland voters also approved all three bond referendums on election night.

Lachman has served since 2013 as a senior economic advisor to independent U.S. Sen. Angus King of Maine, and has previously owned and operated small businesses in the Midcoast. In addition, Lachman helps manage Ada’s Kitchen, a family-owned restaurant on Main Street.

York is senior vice president at Bank of America for large-scale enterprise technical projects and has been employed by the company for 20 years. She has lived in the Midcoast most of her life and graduated from Rockland District High School.

Davis is completing his first three-year term on the Council.

Voters approved a $15 million bond referendum for roads and sidewalks by a 2,360 to 736 vote. The  $2.4 million bond referendum for the landfill closure was approved 1,866 to 1,158. And the $15 million stormwater bond referendum was approved 2,275 to 796.

The three school board seats were uncontested. Jessie Davis received 2,075 votes and Jason White 1,733 for a pair of three year seats. Paul Coster received 1,940 votes for a two-year seat.

Rockland has about 5,712 registered voters.

City Clerk Stuart Sylvester, Election Warden Karen Littlefield, city staff Brooke Hallet, Lisa Heal, Ann Dorr, Wanda Harvey, and election workers Diana Logan, Eileen Murray, Paula Coil, Linda Jacques-Montalto, Sandra Schramm, Susan Hyde, Lorraine Chapin and Sue Stevens were working the recount.

Ballots being counted Saturday morning, Nov. 12. Photo by Stephen Betts