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May 9, 2013

Lucas claims Rockport seat; Voters OK alcohol sales

ROCKPORT — Just under 30 percent of the town’s 5,511 voters made their way to the polls Tuesday, choosing Eliza Lucas to succeed Frances Fleming on the town’s Board of Selectmen, and giving their emphatic and final stamp of approval to the sale of beer and wine at a hoped-for new local grocery store.

Lucas, who co-owns the Bearskin Neck shop Top Dog and works as a freelance media producer, won a battle of first-time candidates’ in the selectmen’s race with 1,028 votes to 563 for her opponent, Don Campbell Jr.

“The entire process was a very positive experience for me,” Lucas said in a Thursday email to the Times. “Being that this was my first time, I’m very happy with the results of the campaign, but I also feel like I learned a lot, which is also rewarding.”

Lucas said she only found out she had won after a constituent called her around 10:45 p.m. Tuesday, congratulating her. It took roughly two hours for town officials to finish counting the ballots after the polls closed at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Lucas said she is eager to work with current selectmen in addition to offering the perspective of a local business owner.

“My five-year-old asked me if I was going to get a trophy for winning and looked a bit disappointed when I told her ‘no, I am getting a job,’” she wrote.

Despite Campbell’s loss, he made it clear that he and Lucas both worked tirelessly during the campaign.

“I wish her the very best, and I want her to know that she and the rest of the Board of Selectmen have my full support going forward.”

Campbell said he would entertain the idea of serving on other boards or committees in the future, but aspires to run for Board of Selectmen again as well.

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