BREWER, Maine — In a political new nail-biter Tuesday, voters here elected a newcomer and a former member to a pair of openings on the Brewer School Committee.
Winning the two seats were Holly Lundquist, who led the field with 2,049 votes, and Mark Farley, who closely followed with 2,016.
Bobbi L. Johnson, who also ran, received 1,373 votes, according to unofficial results issued late Tuesday night by City Clerk James Smith.
Lundquist has lived in Brewer for 35 years and was educated in its schools. She works in billing and customer service for an area heating company. She and her husband have no children, but have a niece who lives with them and two nephews, all of whom attend Brewer Community School, she said earlier.
Farley owns local company Farley and Associates, which represents manufacturers throughout the Northeast. His mother, six siblings and two children all graduated from Brewer schools. He served on the Brewer School Committee from 2002 to 2011, and he was chairman for six of those years.
Brewer voters also returned incumbent Councilor Joe Ferris, a 12-year councilor who served as mayor from 2005 to 2011. Ferris was unopposed for re-election to his three-year post.
Albert A. Gibson was unopposed for his bid for a seat on the High School District board of trustees. He received 3,405 votes.