Originally published in
Castine Patriot, November 10, 2011
With good voter turnout, Castine re-elects three incumbents
Voting results from the general election on November 8 determined that three local incumbents will continue in their present positions. All ran unopposed.
Nearly a third of all registered voters cast ballots at Emerson Hall in the “off-year” election, with just four statewide referendum questions on the ballot and no contested elections. The final tally was 338 voters recorded out of a possible 1,076, or about 31 percent.
David Unger was re-elected for his third three-year term to the Board of Selectmen with a total of 321 votes cast. Currently he is chairman of the three-person board.
With 298 votes, Wendy Knickerbocker will continue to serve on the Witherle Memorial Library Board of Trustees for a second five-year term.
Francis “Joe” Spinazola was re-elected to the Adams School Board for another three-year term. He currently chairs the three-person board, as well as the Union 93 board, which is filled by board members of the five schools in the union.
Castine voters aligned themselves with the majority of Maine voters on the four referendum questions on the ballot. Question 1, a people’s veto of part of a 2011 law that requires new voters to register at least two business days before an election, passed 209-129.
Question 4, a constitutional amendment to change the years of redistricting the Maine Legislature, congressional districts and county commissioner districts, also passed, 231-91. Citizen initiative questions 2 and 3, allowing slot machine facilities in or near Biddeford and a casino in Lewiston, respectively, failed to pass in Castine (231-124 and 233-103) as well as statewide.
With expanded polling hours from 8 am. to 8 p.m., town officials reported steady numbers at the polls throughout the day.