AUGUSTA — Voters in Augusta on Tuesday weighed in on the school budget, chose a new City Council member and voted in a new school board member.

Results were delayed because ballots for the school budget validation vote and four-way school board write-in contest had to be counted by hand. Results were unavailable at press time.

The race to fill the remainder of the unexpired at-large term created on the City Council when Jeffrey Bilodeau resigned from the council in February pitted former Board of Education member Jennifer Day, 47, who is a real estate agent and sales manager, against former Councilor Stanley Koski, 72, who is retired, and retired United Parcel Service manager and former Maine Army National Guard member Robert Trask, 70.

The winning candidate will serve until the council term expires on Dec. 31.

It was a four-way, write-in, race for the Augusta Board of Education, among Pia Holmes, Kevin Lamoreau, Roger Mackbach and Holly Kiidli.

Kiidli, 26, substance abuse prevention coordinator for Healthy Communities of the Capital Area, who ran unsuccessfully for a spot on the school board last year, said she wanted to be a voice for the community and students.

Mackbach, 44, a recent college graduate, said he wanted to help bring positive change to the school system and make sure students from all demographic groups are represented.

Lamoreau, 36, who works in computer-aided design data input at Cives Steel, said he was running because he could do a good job and bring a unique perspective to the board.

Holmes, 68, a retired elementary school principal and former school board member in Manchester, said she was running to offer her expertise and experience to the board.

The winner will fill the remainder of the school board term left vacant when Laura Hamilton resigned last year, which expires Dec. 31, 2018.

No candidates took out nomination papers to run for the school board spot, leaving it to be filled by a write-in candidate.

Voters were also asked, in a referendum question, whether they approve of the $29.4 million school budget, approved by city councilors in May as part of the total city and school budget of $59.3 million.

Keith Edwards — 621-5647

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