SANFORD — Local Democrats favored hometown gubernatorial candidate Adam Cote in the state primary on Tuesday, June 12.
According to the official results released by City Clerk Sue Cote on Wednesday, Adam Cote — a Sanford native, veteran, and lawyer — earned 964 votes, or 63 percent, of the 1,532 votes that local Democrats cast in the race for their party’s nomination. Attorney General Janet Mills placed second with 248 votes, or 16 percent, of the overall tally. On Wednesday, Mills was ahead statewide in her bid for the nomination, with Cote in second place, with the results not yet settled due to the ongoing tabulations of the race’s ranked-choice voting.
Mark Eves placed third among Sanford Democrats with 147 votes, or 10 percent. Elizabeth Sweet came in fourth with 105 votes, or 7 percent, and Diane Russell placed fifth with 28 votes, or 2 percent. Mark Dion took sixth place with 27 votes, or 2 percent, and Donna Dion finished last in Sanford with 13 votes, or 1 percent.
Declared write-in candidate Martin Vachon did not receive any votes. A total of 61 voters left their ballots blank.
On the GOP side, Shawn Moody handily won over Sanford’s Republicans, garnering 694 votes, or 69 percent of the tally. Moody easily won statewide, as well, and will be the Republican nominee for governor for certain.
Garrett Mason placed second in Sanford with 156 votes, or 15 percent of the tally, and Mary Mayhew took third with 122 votes, or 12 percent. Kenneth Fredette placed last locally, with 37 votes, or 4 percent.
Seventy Republicans left their ballots blank in the category.
In the race for the U.S. Senate, Zak Ringelstein got 1,093 votes on the Democratic ballot. On the Republican one, Eric Brakey bested Max Linn in Sanford, 595 to 305.
In the race for Maine’s First District in Congress, incumbent Democrat Chellie Pingree received 1,334 votes in Sanford. On the GOP ballot, Mark Holbrook earned 857 votes.
In the race for Maine Senate District 33, Democrat John Tuttle received 1,326 votes in Sanford, while incumbent Republican David Woodsome got 957 votes on the GOP side.
In the race for House District 4, incumbent State Rep. Patricia Hymanson garnered 196 votes from Sanford Democrats. On the GOP side, Bradley Moulton received 160 Republican votes toward his party’s nomination.
As for House District 18, Democratic incumbent State Rep. Anne Marie Mastraccio collected 539 Sanford votes on her party’s ballot. Pamela Buck garnered 270 votes on Sanford’s GOP ballot.
Regarding the race for House District 19, incumbent Republican State Rep. Matthew Harrington got 496 Sanford votes. Jeremy Mele received 553 votes on the Democrats’ ballot.
On to the county.
On the Democratic ballot, Bobby Mills earned 1,188 votes in his bid for the nomination in the race for County Treasurer. In Sanford, Rachel Sherman bested Nancy Hammond, 990 to 378, in the race for the county’s Register of Deeds. Incumbent York County Sheriff William King received 1,276 votes in Sanford, and District Attorney Kathryn Slattery got 1,245 local votes.
On the GOP ballot, Bradford Littlefield got 826 Sanford votes toward his party’s nomination in the race for County Treasurer. Michael Provencher received 856 local GOP votes in the race for Register of Deeds. Roger Hicks got 877 local votes toward his bid to be nominated in the race for York County Sheriff. There is not a Republican who is running for District Attorney.
Locally, Sanford voters approved the proposed school budget of $48.89 million for the upcoming fiscal year by a vote of 2,237 to 724.
Also on the municipal ballot, voters were asked, “Do you approve the Sanford School Department forming a regional service center with other area school administrative units to facilitate joint purchasing of supplies and to retain state subsidy, as set forth in an application and inter-local agreement to be approved by the Commissioner of Education?” They answered “yes,” 2,497 to 471.
As well, voters were asked to authorize the city’s treasurer and mayor to issue a bond, not to exceed $2.56 million, for the purpose of funding a portion of the total cost of a building to store snow-removing equipment at Sanford Seacoast Regional Airport. Voters obliged, 1,675 to 1,257.
For the state referendum, local voters were asked a single question: whether they wanted to reject the parts of a new law that would delay the use of ranked-choice voting in the election of candidates for any state or federal office until 2022 — and then retain the method only if the Maine Constitution is amended by Dec. 1, 2021, to allow such voting for candidates running for state office. In Sanford, the answer was “yes,” 1,525 to 1,480.