WESTBROOK – Westbrook voters gave overwhelming approval Tuesday to the $30.9 million school budget for 2012-13.
In an election that was marked by a light turnout, voters approved the budget by more than a 2-1 margin, 1,033 to 425. None of the ward votes were close: Ward 1 voters approved the budget 180-88, Ward 2 voted 206-75, Ward 3 voted 155-63, Ward 4 voted 128-49, Ward 5 voted 244-123 and those who voted at City Hall approved the budget, 120-27.
School Superintendent Marc Gousse said Wednesday he was pleased with the results.
“I am very appreciative of the hard work, efforts and support by everyone involved in this process,” he said. “Moving forward, I am confident we will continue to do what is best for our students balanced with the responsibility of fiscal accountability to our community.”
In other election news, Westbrook voters chose Cape Elizabeth’s Cynthia Dill in the Democratic primary race for the U.S. Senate seat held by Sen. Olympia Snowe. Dill received 305 votes. Her closest challenger, Matthew Dunlap of Old Town, got 178. Dill was the choice by voters statewide.
On the Republican side of the Senate race, Charlie Summers of Scarborough was the choice for Westbrook voters with 223 votes, well ahead of runner-up Bruce Poliquin of Georgetown, who received 104. Summers will be the Republican nominee in November after winning the statewide race.
In the 1st District U.S. House race, Rep. Chellie Pingree ran unopposed on the Democratic ticket. On the Republican side, Patrick Calder of Portland got the nod in Westbrook over Jonathan Courtney of Sanford, 323-186. It was too close to call in the race statewide, with both candidates showing 50 percent of the vote by the American Journal’s deadline.
Westbrook Democratic voters chose state Rep. Tim Driscoll of Westbrook in the District 6 state Senate race. Driscoll beat James Boyle of Gorham, 286-64. But Boyle was the overall winner, 1,106-700.
The other contested races on the ticket in Westbrook were for the Cumberland County Register of Probate, where Democrat John O’Brien topped fellow Democrat Nancy Thurber, 380-227. O’Brien won a close race countywide, 51 percent to 48 percent. Additionally, in the race for Cumberland County commissioner, Democrat Boyd Marley beat Democrat Thomas Coward in Westbrook, 312-276. But Coward won the county race by less than 100 votes, 1,386-1,351.