Voters in Winslow and China re-elected incumbent town officials, while China and Clinton voters approved local referendums at the polls Tuesday.

In Winslow, two-term District 4 Councilor Ray Caron easily won re-election, beating opponent Nancy Aldrich 154-63.

Reached by phone at his home Tuesday night, Caron said he was happy to win another three-year term and looked forward to working on ongoing town issues, including solid waste and Fort Halifax Park.

Caron, 59, works as a laboratory supervisor at Sappi paper mill in Skowhegan and was a long-time member of the town’s parks and recreation committee before being elected to council in 2011.

He attributed his landslide win to his tenure on the council.

“I think they (voters) had a good choice of candidates. Maybe just the experience I’ve had on the council made a difference.”

He was glad to have a qualified opponent in the race, Caron added. In interviews before the election, Caron and Aldrich both said they wouldn’t mind if the other won.

“I think it is always good to have an opponent. It gives you an incentive to do a good job for the people who voted for you,” Caron said.

Incumbent District 2 Councilor Ben Twitchell and incumbent library trustees Betty Perry and Judy Ellis were also re-elected. The three candidates were unopposed.

In China, long-time selectman Irene Belanger and planning board member Ron Breton won two-year terms on the board of selectmen. Breton received 441 votes and Belanger got 428. Local property owner Albert Althenn came in third place with 226 votes.

Belanger, on Tuesday night, said she thought her deep involvement in municipal affairs led voters to re-elect her. She has been on the council for nearly 10 years.

“I’m assuming they know I put an awful lot of time and energy going to various meetings to keep us up to date,” Belanger said. “I thank them for the opportunity to do what is best and help out our community and the residents.”

Breton could not be reached for comment Tuesday night.

China voters also approved changes to three town ordinances. Changes to the town meeting quorum rules were approved 386-251, a new ordinance banning smoking on all town property passed 353-284 and a new recreation committee ordinance passed 423-217.

Clinton voters overwhelmingly passed a zoning change that will allow a day care center in a building at the corner of Main and Baker streets. The measure passed 376-96. Another measure to transfer roughly $79,600 from an economic development reserve to pay for Main Street sidewalk improvements passed 347-127.

Peter McGuire — 861-9239

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