BELFAST — Democratic incumbent Betty Johnson easily won the race to retain her seat on the Waldo County Commission, besting Republican challenger David A. Thompson with 4,622 votes to Thompson’s 2,568. Johnson earned 64.3% of the total votes cast, while Thompson earned 35.7%.

Johnson won the most votes in four of the six towns in the district. In Belfast, Johnson received 2,332 votes to Thompson’s 1,086. In Islesboro Johnson received 304 votes to Thompson’s 97; she also earned 1,028 to Thompson’s 452 in Lincolnville and 606 votes in Northport to Thompson’s 384.

Thompson did earn the majority of votes in both Belmont and Waldo, with 281 votes to Johnson’s 200 in Belmont and 268 votes to Johnson’s 152 in Waldo.

This will be Johnson’s fourth four-year term as a county commissioner; she first won her seat in 2010.

In a previous Republican Journal article, Johnson said she was seeking a fourth term because “It is a position that I enjoy and have more to give to the County of Waldo citizens.”

In that same article, Johnson said she thinks the key issues in the county start with a high level of services to citizens while keeping taxes low.