Murphy wins Bridgton selectman’s race; Farmers’ Market receives big favorable vote
As the nation watched final numbers for presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump trickle in from key swing states after 2:30 a.m., many local town clerks had long called it a night.
With polls closing at 8 p.m., tallies started to arrive via e-mail beginning at 9:24 p.m., when Melissa St. John filed Harrison poll results.
The town had one local referendum question, whether to secure a five-year bond for $1,375,000 for capital road improvements, thus taking advantage of current low asphalt prices. Voters approved the measure, 995-487.
At 9:58 p.m., Michele Bukoveckas sent in Sebago numbers.
11:33 p.m., Stoneham results arrived.
11:50 p.m., Bridgton figures were in.
In the race for a seat on the Bridgton Board of Selectmen — filling out the remaining term of Paul Hoyt — Robert Murphy won the race with 811 votes. Art Triglione Sr. was second with 676, followed by Phil Tarr with 529 and Jeff Jones with 433.
An attempt to ban consumer fireworks in Bridgton was rejected by a 1525 to 1400 margin, while the popular Farmers Market received overwhelming support to return to the green spaces along Depot Street beginning May 2017. While selectmen opposed use of this space and had recommended moving the market to green spaces at the Bridgton Community Center, residents sided with Farmers Market vendors, 2695 to 252.
As the clocked ticked toward 3 a.m., major TV networks reported Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump had reached 266 electoral votes, just four shy of the required 270. Soon thereafter, the networks reported that Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton had contacted the Trump camp, conceding the election.
Maine was one of five states whose final results came late into the morning, keeping networks from being able to declare a winner.
Here’s how the state’s U.S. senators responded to Trumps’ election:
“As this campaign for the presidency draws to a close, I am hopeful that the President-elect and Congress can work together to write a new chapter in American history — one that begins and ends with the healing of our great national divide, a chasm that has seemingly only grown throughout the course of this long and bruising campaign,” U.S. Senator Angus King (I) said in his statement. “This task will require each of us — regardless of our politics, our religious affiliation, our skin color, our income, or any of our other differences — to summon ‘the better angels of our nature,’ as President Lincoln once said, to look to one another with compassion and understanding, to view each other as neighbors rather than adversaries, to recognize that we are bound by a greater strength than the differences that attempt to pull us apart.”
Senator King added, “It will be difficult, but it is achievable — because, after all, this is the story of America: a story of difficulties overcome, of obstacles surmounted, of a people who, despite what may divide us, are always striving to perfect their single Union. In the wake of this election, let us remember that and join together to move forward.”
U.S. Senator Susan Collins released the following statement: “Today, I share the relief of many Americans that our long, divisive presidential election has finally drawn to a close. Donald Trump is the President-elect of our country, and I congratulate him on his victory. He faces the important task of reaching out to all Americans, supporters and opponents alike, to show that he is committed to healing the deep divisions that have frayed the social fabric of our nation. My hope is that President-elect Trump will focus on issues that unite us and that together we can usher in an era of accomplishment. I pledge to work with him in that effort.”