Voters returned an incumbent councilor and chose two newcomers to serve on the Ellsworth City Council during Tuesday’s election.
In a field of five candidates, Robert “Bob” Miller, Michelle Kaplan and incumbent Marc Blanchette were chosen for three seats on the seven-person council.
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The other candidates were Gene Lyons and Edward “Mathias” Kamin III, who had not previously served in office.
Miller received 803 votes, Kaplan received 703 votes and Blanchette received 618 votes, according to unofficial results.
Kaplan, a physician’s assistant, has lived in Ellsworth since 2012 while Miller, an Air Force veteran and pharmacist, has lived in Ellsworth since 2004. Blanchette is a former Bangor Daily News photographer and retired local furniture business owner.
All five candidates have said that they support continuing development in Ellsworth, which is a growing regional service center for communities throughout Hancock County and parts of Washington County, but they differed slightly in their views on how the city could support economic growth.
Two outgoing councilors, Gary Fortier and Dawn Ihle Hudson, opted not to seek re-election to additional three-year terms.