Johnson defeats Gerry in county commissioner race

Belfast, Belmont, Islesboro, Morrill, Northport, Lincolnville, Waldo
Nov 06, 2018
Rosendel “Rosey” Gerry, left; Commissioner Betty I. Johnson, right.

Waldo County Commissioner Betty I. Johnson, a Democrat, won re-election in District 1 (Belfast, Belmont, Islesboro, Morrill, Northport, Lincolnville and Waldo) against Independent challenger Rosendel “Rosey” Gerry.

Johnson soon will begin her third four-year term in office since winning in 2010 over then-incumbent Donald Berry by two votes.

Her priorities include economic development for the county, continue working with the aging population and supporting the creative community, which, she said, is "an economic draw."

Gerry is a former selectman from Lincolnville, where he served for 10 years.

Contacted on the morning of Nov. 7, Johnson said, "I am feeling good."

"I want to thank all the voters who voted for me and all who supported me," she said. "It's good to see so many votes were cast for county offices."


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