BERLIN — Mayor Paul Grenier was re-elected Tuesday to a sixth consecutive term and called the election a mandate on the work of the mayor and council.
He pointed out that all three city councilors who ran for re-election also won.
Grenier said he couldn’t be more proud of the results and said they show the public believes the city is moving in the right direction.
“I think we got a huge mandate from the voters today. It’s a great day,” he said Tuesday night.
The mayor pointed out that in a three-person race, he received 1,077 votes or 62 percent of the total votes cast.
His opponents, Richard Laflamme and Stewart Stevens received 542 votes and 115 votes respectively.
About 40 percent of registered voters turned out to vote.
Councilors Roland Theberge, Denise Morgan and Peter Higbee all won their bids for re-election.
Councilor Mike Gentili did not run for another term.
Nine candidates ran for the four open seats and Mark Eastman, currently on the board of assessors, won the fourth seat.
Theberge was the top vote-getter with 1,106 votes, followed by 1,079 for Morgan, 732 for Higbee and 734 for Eastman. Debra Goddard received 710 votes; Theodore Lacasse received 702 votes; Laura MacPherson, 372; Melvin Heidt had 196; and Richard White had 335 votes.
Theberge said he has tried to help his constituents and said he listens to them.
Higbee said he was happy to win another term and keep working with the council to do the best they can for the city.
In the highly contested school board races, Matt Buteau won the four-year seat on the board with 797 votes compared to 649 votes for Robbie Munce and 182 votes for Heather Houston.
Three two-year school seats were also up for grabs and incumbent board member Louise Valliere won one seat with 966 votes. The other winners were Ann Nolin with 1,079 votes and Jeanne Charest with 779 votes. Running unsuccessfully for the positions were Christine Grenier with 779 votes, Justin Hale with 303 votes and Laura Jackson with 410 votes.
Former city librarian Yvonne Thomas won re-election to the board of library trustees, 1,255 to 326 over Stuart Light.
Voters Tuesday supported allowing the operation of sport book retail locations within the city by a 862-369 margin.
The cities of Claremont, Laconia, Manchester, and Somersworth also approved sports book retail locations in their communities.
Lottery officials have warned a vote to allow a retail operation does not mean the community will get one as the legislation allows for up to 10 retail operations in the state.
“With five cities voting to allow sports book retail locations, we can continue with the sports betting implementation process, developing a responsible system that engages players and drives revenue for education in New Hampshire,” said Charlie McIntyre, executive director, New Hampshire Lottery.