Belfast voters re-elected two sitting members and one political newcomer to the City Council, approving Marina Delune, Roger Lee and Nancy Hamilton in Wards 1, 2 and 5, respectively.

Delune, who received the most votes of any candidate, 1,371 to Roger Pickering’s 1,207, said she was happy to have won and surprised by the amount of support she received.

“I’m looking forward to a second term, hopefully taking on a stronger leadership role,” she said.

Delune said she and opponent Roger Pickering developed a mutual admiration during the campaign that she hadn’t anticipated. “We both really liked each other,” she said.

Two-term Ward 2 Councilor Roger Lee, who won a third term over challenger Rita Horsey, seemed somewhat surprised at the slim, 53-vote margin of victory, 1,326 to 1,273, in the closest of the Council races.

“I’ll take to heart the fact that I just barely won,” he said, adding that in his upcoming term he hopes to hear from the people who didn’t vote for him to learn why. “I can think of some reasons, maybe, but I don’t know them all.”

Looking forward, Lee said he hoped to work on the procedural efficiency of the Council, a goal he said had also been articulated by Ward 4 Councilor Mike Hurley.

“Things drag along,” said Lee. “… If something is in contention, then fine, it can’t go forward. But if we decide to do something as a city and we have the money, it should get done.”

Lee extended an invitation to Horsey, who ran on a platform of lower taxes, to come to the Council at budget time with ideas for cuts. “I think she probably has some,” he said.

In Ward 5, Nancy Hamilton beat John Arrison by the widest margin of the night, 1,360 to 992. In an e-mailed statement, Hamilton thanked the people who encouraged her to run for City Council, those who supported her during the campaign and the people who voted for her.

“As I prepare to take the Ward 5 seat on the Council, I pledge to do my best to uphold your faith in me and to represent all the people of Belfast,” she said.

Hamilton joins sitting Councilors Delune, Lee, Eric Sanders of Ward 3, Mike Hurley of Ward 4 and Mayor Walter Ash.

City councilors are elected to two-year terms, with Wards 1, 2 and 5 elected in even years and Wards 3, 4 and the mayoralty — also a two-year term — decided in odd years.

Sanders and Hurley are each serving their first term on the Council. Ash, who is currently serving his second term, was first elected in 2007, taking over the seat from then-three-term mayor Hurley. Ash ran unopposed for his second term in 2009.