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For Cole, the fifth time's the charm; Adams, Russell also win selectmen's seats

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LEBANON, Maine - Perennial selectman candidate and longtime town activist Corinna Cole steamrolled to her first victory on Tuesday, winning more than 50 percent of the vote against two other candidates to secure a two-year slot on the town's new five-member Board of Selectmen.

Cole garnered 481 votes, while David White received 265 and Tom Place grabbed 212.

In the other race for three-year terms, Jeff Adams and Charles Russell both won seats, besting Bettie Harris-Howard. Numbers on that race were not immediately available.

Cole said today she was extremely happy she'd won in this, her fifth try.

"I am pretty relieved that the whole race is over," she said.

The unofficial results were not released until after 10 p.m., but if they hold up after Thursday's certification by the town clerk, there are some pretty significant outcomes, including the approved selling the old Town Hall to the American Legion (783-123), rejecting the code officer (243-yes-768 NO) and animal control officer budgets (478 yes-538 NO) and the decision to not moving forward with a town manager position 606-376.

Residents also rejected adding overnight staffing to the Lebanon Fire and Rescue department, 719 -295.

Meanwhile, Scott Gerrish was voted in to his first full term as road commissioner.

Nonbinding survey questions show residents want to keep the transfer station and recycling process as is, are split on what to do about the deteriorating condition of town roads and overwhelmingly want State Police to continue providing law enforcement within the town.

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