Hope voters reelect Powers to Board of Selectmen

By Louis Bettcher | Jun 13, 2018

Hope — Incumbent Brian Powers Jr. was reelected June 12 to serve concurrently on the Hope Select Board, Board of Assessors, and as Overseer of the Poor. Powers has previously served as chairman of the Board of Selectmen, and the term of the seat is for three years.

Powers received 198 votes. He ran against Charles Weidman, who received 137. 173 voters left the ballot question blank, and one "write-in" vote was cast.

509 Hope residents cast ballots on election day.

No one had returned nomination papers for a seat on the School Committee, but Timothy Lock received 14 write-in votes. Lock has accepted the three-year term on the committee. Thirty-two other write-in votes were recorded for various individuals, and the remaining ballots were left blank.

There were two vacancies on the town's Budget Committee, each for a term of three years. Incumbent William Jones was reelected to the committee, receiving 320 votes. Teresa McGrath received 14 write-in votes, and has accepted the position.

Two seats on the Union 69 Hope School Board are for terms of three years. The seats are currently held by board chair Thomas Ingraham and Heather Quesnal.

The Hope Elementary School budget passed in a vote of 376 to 120; 13 ballots were left blank. The proposed budget for the 2018-19 year is $2.37 million.

In a vote of 368 to 126, voters approved the Five Town CSD budget; 13 ballots were left blank. The Five Town CSD includes Camden Hills Regional High School, and the budget for the  2018-19 year is approximately $12.5 million.

The following non-elected positions in town did not receive applications. These positions would have been appointed by the Board of Selectmen:

One opening on the Planning Board for a five-year seat.

Three open seats, for terms of five years each, on the Board of Appeals.

Three seats are open on the Recreation Committee, all of which are for terms of one year.

Five seats are available on the Cemetery Committee. Terms on the cemetery committee are for three years.

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