by Joseph Gresser
copyright the Chronicle 3-5-2014
NEWPORT—Newport has a new alderman. Voters went to the polls Tuesday and elected Neil Morrissette to replace former council member Tim de la Bruere who decided not to stand for re-election.
They also returned incumbent Alderman John Wilson for another two-year term, his seventh. Mr. Wilson led all candidates with 369 votes, Mr. Morrissette had 286 and Corey Therrien finished out of the money with 225 votes.
Mr. Therrien did not go home empty handed, though. Running unopposed, he won election to an open seat on the North Country Union High School board with 388 votes.
No candidates submitted petitions for a vacant seat on the Newport City School Board, but two citizens ran write-in campaigns. With 31 votes Mary Ellen Prairie squeaked in ahead of Jacques Roberge, who garnered 19 votes.
Newport voters exhibited their usual generosity, approving all appropriation requests by wide margins.
The city budget request of $3-million was granted by a vote of 354 to 125. The Newport City Elementary School’s budget had a narrower margin of victory, but it still passed, 279 to 214.
City voters also approved the North Country Union High School and North Country Union Junior High School budgets.
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