Voters selected a political newcomer to fill an open Orono City Council seat throughout Tuesday’s particular election.
Matthew Powers was chosen to fill the seat left vacant after Cheryl Robertson resigned from her unexpired time period this summer season. The time period ends in March 2024.
Powers obtained 229 votes, in line with unofficial outcomes offered by Assistant City Supervisor Belle Ryder on Tuesday evening.
The opposite candidates, Catherine Thibedeau and Jacob Baker, obtained 203 votes and 112 votes, respectively. All three candidates had been newcomers.
Orono voters forged 548 ballots in Tuesday’s particular election, together with 4 clean ballots, in line with the figures offered by Ryder.
“Election remains to be going sturdy in Orono at 7:30 p.m.,” City Clerk Shelly Crosby wrote on Fb alongside just a few images.
Throughout an election held March 14 to fill two open council seats, voters forged 785 ballots, together with 288 absentee ballots. They selected newcomers Daniel Demeritt and write-in candidate Sarah Marx, who topped the poll with the biggest variety of votes.
Powers is an editor for a science and nature imprint at Catalyst Press.
He moved from Minnesota to Orono 9 years in the past together with his household. He grew up in El Paso, Texas, the place he studied microbiology, then obtained his doctorate in molecular cell biology on the College of Utah.
Previous to the election, the 46-year-old stated he would deliver a family-oriented perspective to the council. Powers needs to guard facilities comparable to the general public library, municipal pool, after-school packages, and parks and recreation programming, he stated.
“I’m curious about a tradition the place the city listens to its residents and implements good concepts,” he stated final month. “I’m additionally curious about persevering with to make use of data-driven projections to make budgetary selections.”