LACONIA — In the two contested race for City Council in yesterday's municipal election, the voters of Ward 6 returned Armand Bolduc for his 16th term while in Ward 2 incumbent David Bownes held his seat.
In their third rematch Bolduc topped Tony Felch by a margin of nearly 100 votes, 232 to 139 and Bownes withstood the challenge of Richard Beaudoin by a margin of 109 to 62.
The only contest for a seat on the School Board was in Ward 2 where incumbent Barbara Luther with 126 votes easily beat James McCoole, who polled 52 votes.
The election of two of three Police Commissioners provided the only real drama of the day. Incumbent Doug Whittum carried four of the six wards to top the poll with 713 votes. But, Tom Tarr and Jonathan Muller ran a close race for the second seat on the ballot, with Tarr emerging the winner by 20 votes, 544 to 524. With Wards 1,2, 3, 4, and 5 reporting, Tarr led Muller by 19 votes then added a single vote to his margin as the two ran a near dead heat in Ward 6, the last ward to report results, where Tarr polled 154 votes to Muller's 153.
Incumbent Mayor Ed Engler and City Councilors Ava Doyle (Ward 1, Henry Lipman (Ward 3), Brenda Baer (Ward 4), and Bob Hamel (Ward 5) all ran unopposed and were easily re-elected.
In the School Board election incumbent Malcolm Murray (Ward1), Heather Lounsbury, a newcomer running for the open seat in Ward 6, and Michael Persson, the incumbent at-large member, all ran without opponents and were elected.
There were 1,246 ballots cast, representing 13 percent of the city's 9,781 registered voters. The turnout was highest in Ward 6, where the most hotly contested city council race was run, with 375 ballots cast, which amounted to 18 percent of the electorate. Ward 3, where 249 voted, was the only other ward with more than 200 ballots cast and turnout was lowest in Ward 5 at 8 percent with just 107 voters going to the polls.
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