OAKLAND — Incumbents on both the town council and local school board successfully defended their seats against challengers.

An amendment to the town charter designed to increase public oversight of major expenditures was also approved.

In the council race, former school superintendent Don Borman, 62, and retired power company manager Dana Wrigley, 71, both retained their seats.

The vote totals were Wrigley with 1,440; Borman with 1,329; Anne Hammond with 1,251; Angela Jurdak with 908; and Kelli Roderick with 534.

During his campaign, Borman cited the health of lakes and ponds as being important to the local economy; Wrigley said the town has done a good job of keeping property taxes low.

In the school board race, incumbent Donna Doucette defeated challenger Mary-Anne LaMarre 2,004 to 921.

Doucette has been a vocal supporter of education funding and has expressed concerns about the speed with which the district is adopting a new learning system.

Voters also approved, 2,393 to 707, an amendment to the town charter that will require expenditures of greater than $1,000,000 to be decided in a secret ballot vote in November. Prior to the vote, large expenditures could be decided upon during the annual Town Meeting.

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