There were two upsets in the elections for Rome’s municipal office Friday.

A former selectman who mounted a write-in campaign won the third selectman’s seat in Rome, and a challenger unseated the town clerk and treasurer.

Malcolm Charles received 66 votes to return to the selectboard, topping Pam Knight, who garnered 52 votes.

Knight’s was the only name listed on the ballot in that race. Charles had failed to turn in his nominating petition by the deadline.

He previously served six years as second selectman, ending his tenure in 2008.

They ran for the seat being vacated by Paul Anderson.


Tammy Lyons won the treasurer’s job by one vote, 76-75 over the incumbent Shannon Holt.

Lyons won the tax collector’s job from Holt as well, 79-72.

Lyons is a bus driver for Regional School Unit 18, Messalonskee and China schools, and said earlier she intended to keep that job if she was elected.

Holt is finishing her fourth year as treasurer and tax collector.

Incumbent road commissioner Larry DiPietro Jr. kept his job, 76-65, over challenger Albert Knight.

DiPietro has been road commissioner for the past five years. His father also was road commissioner for a number of years.

The business portion of the Rome Town Meeting begins at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Rome Community Center and Town Office, 8 Mercer Road.

Betty Adams — 621-5631 [email protected] Twitter: @betadams

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