Orono voters re-elect Gardner and Mehnert to town council, chooses school board members
ORONO, Maine — One week after the democratic presidential primaries, Orono voters returned to the polls on Tuesday, March 10, and re-elected two members to the town council and RSU 26 school board.
Meghan Gardner and Cynthia Mehnert, both incumbents, were re-elected to terms on Orono’s town council. Gardner pulled in the majority of votes at 455 and Mehnert won 428.
Gardner is also running for a seat in the state Legislature and said she intends to serve both positions concurrently, if elected.
“It’s exciting to see that our residents are passionate and engaged. Two back-to-back elections with a caucus in the middle was a lot, but Orono rose to the occasion and so did town staff and volunteers,” Gardner said.
“I spent much of the primary standing outside the polling place … there was rarely a lull — people were lining up all day to register and to vote. It was inspiring.”
Mehnert, who is also a lawyer at Rudman Winchell, has served on Orono’s council for 12 years — including six as the chairperson.
Newcomer Daniel LaPointe lost the race, with just 99 votes of the 550 ballots cast for town council on Tuesday. Voters also re-elected Erin Ellis and Jacob Eckert to the RSU 26 school board.
Eckert is the board’s current vice chairperson.
Mehnert, Ellis and Eckert did not respond to requests for comments.