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Locals elected to boards
REGION -- In the annual elections on June 14, a number of selectmen and school board members were re-elected, but there are some new faces as well.
In Rumford, incumbent Jeffrey W. Sterling (780 votes) and former selectman Jolene S. Lovejoy (602 votes) won three-year terms on the Board of Selectmen, defeating candidates Frank R. DiConzo (514 votes) and Eric L. Giroux (371 votes).
For other municipal offices, RSU 10 board member Tracey V. Higley was unopposed for re-election for a three-year term, Linda I. French ran unopposed for a two-year terms on the Board of Assessors, and Craig F. Chamberlain, who resigned from the Board of Appeals on April 5, ran unopposed for a three-year term on the Board of Assessors.
After the results of the municipal elections were revealed, selectmen convened a housekeeping meeting wherein Selectman Greg Buccina was elected chairman and Sterling re-elected vice chairman by unanimous votes.
The new board will meet for the first time at 7 p.m. Thursday in Rumford Falls Auditorium.
In Mexico, five people vied for the two three-year terms with the Board of Selectmen. Winning were former selectman Ben Byam (142 votes) and incumbent Peter Merrill (114 votes). Other candidates were former selectman James McDonald (104 votes), former selectman Arthur Bordeau (80 votes), and Randall Canwell (42 votes).
Elected to her sixth three-year term as town clerk was Penny Duguay, who was unopposed.
In Dixfield, Bob Withrow was elected to a three-year term on the Board of Selectmen, with 24 write-in votes. There were no candidates for the vacant position on the board.
Barbara Chow was re-elected to the RSU 10 board for another three-year term. She ran unopposed.
In Peru, Laurianne Milligan (203 votes) and incumbent Kathy Hussey (146 votes) won three-year terms to the Board of Selectmen. A third candidate, James Pulsifer, garnered 116 votes.
Running unopposed were Joe Roach for road commissioner and Bill Hussey for fire chief.