Residents re-elected Walter Ash as mayor of Belfast in a three-way contested race Tuesday, Nov. 5.

According to vote tallies from the City Clerk, Ash received 952 votes; Jim O'Connor received 523 votes; and Thomas Burpee received 100 votes.

Ash and O'Connor previously competed for the mayor position in 2011.

Ash, owner of Eastside Garage, is no stranger to local government having gotten his start serving on the city's comprehensive plan committee in the '80s. Following that stint, Ash discovered his appetite for local government and soon joined the board of directors for the Belfast and Moosehead Lake Railroad.

When the city eventually sold its interest in the railroad, Ash said he made the decision to make a bid for the Ward 5 councilor seat — a position he held for 12 years — and served as a state legislator for six years.

Councilors Mike Hurley, Ward 4, and Eric Sanders, Ward 3, were re-elected. Both candidates ran unopposed for their seats.