Mortier wins City Council Ward 1 seat by narrow margin

By Ben Holbrook | Nov 07, 2012

Belfast — The battle for the Ward 1 City Council seat ended with Mary Mortier defeating Christopher Knight by a vote of 1,568 to 1,380.

Ward 1 was the only contested race for City Council, as residents Mortier and Knight went head-to-head for the seat. Mortier won the seat previously held by Councilor Marina Delune by a thin margin of 188 votes.

In a statement, Mortier said she is "excited and humbled" to be elected as the Ward 1 councilor.

"First, I want to thank my close advisers and supporters for all their encouragement, time and efforts that helped in so many ways to get me elected. Then, I especially want to thank the Belfast voters for their support and vote," Mortier said in her statement. "I will work to the best of my abilities to represent them and all the citizens of Belfast as the City Council shapes our future in so many varied ways. I encourage my opponent, Chris Knight, and the community to stay involved and informed and to participate in our democratic dialogue and process."

Incumbent Ward 2 City Councilor Roger Lee, who ran unopposed, was re-elected, earning a total of 2,396 votes. Lee did not respond to an email request for comment regarding the election results.

Incumbent Ward 5 City Councilor Nancy Hamilton, who also ran unopposed, was re-elected, earning a total of 2,374 votes. Hamilton declined to comment on the results of the election.

As per the City Charter, newly elected councilors are seated the Monday following the election. The swearing-in ceremony will take place at City Hall Monday, Nov. 12, at 10 a.m.

All results are unofficial until verified by the state.

Republican Journal reporter Ben Holbrook can be reached at 338-3333 or at bholbrook@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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