March 23, 2011

Gove unseats 7-year road commissioner in Pittston

Beats Peter Kelley at the polls Monday by an eight vote margin

Kennebec Journal Staff

PITTSTON -- Lawrence Gove Jr. is the town's new road commissioner.

Gove bested incumbent Peter Kelley at the polls Monday by an 18-vote margin, 165-147. Kelley had been road commissioner for about seven years.

Gove worked for Williams Construction for 25 years and owns a used-car dealership. During the campaign, he said he would promote a bidding process that would allow local contractors to share in the work, which he said would save the town money.

In an uncontested race for a seat on the Board of Selectmen, incumbent Theodore Sparrow Jr. was returned with 254 votes.

In another uncontested race, Nicole Sacre received 247 votes for a three-year term on the Regional School Unit 11 Board of Directors.

Gove received four votes as a write-in candidate for a three-year term as an alternate Planning Board member.

There were three three-year term positions on the Planning Board that needed to be filled.

Laura Walentine received 182 votes; John Brinzow, 181 votes and Ed Parker, a write-in candidate, 8 votes.

Earl Adams received four votes as a write-in for one of two vacant seats on the Personnel Committee. The other open seat had four write-in candidates: Ed Parker, Dwayne Tobey, Jane Hubert and Lila Geis each received two votes.

Three open seats on the Budget Committee had five write-in candidates: Deb Brinzow and Sam Snow each received 3 votes; Alex Kakasenko, Bill Hubert and Jane Hubert each received 2 votes.

The town clerk is in the process of contacting write-in candidates to see who is willing to serve in those positions.

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