• Orange County voters oust one judge, possibly two
    Staff report | November 04,2010
     

    CHELSEA — The big winner and big loser in a four-way race for two assistant judge positions appear clear, but with results still unavailable from two Orange County towns the race for second place was still too close to call Wednesday.

    With results unavailable from Strafford and Topsham, barely 100 votes separated Judge Maurice “Mo” Brown, a Chelsea Republican, and Democrat Victoria Weiss of Tunbridge.

    However, Weiss was in the lead, 4,249 to 4,136, threatening a clean sweep of two incumbent judges who made it a point to run as a team this year.

    In a show of solidarity, Brown teamed up with Judge Prudence Pease, a Democrat turned independent, who was mired in controversy at the Chelsea courthouse just three years ago. Pease had hoped she’d put those troubles behind her, but based on Tuesday’s results, Orange County voters simply weren’t interested in re-electing her. She finished last in 14 of the 15 towns reporting unofficial results and had amassed only 2,304 votes in the countywide contest. Results from Strafford and Topsham won’t be enough to erase a nearly 2,000-vote deficit.

    Democrat Joyce Mc-Keeman appears assured of one of the two judge’s positions. The Corinth resident has 5,007 votes and a near-900-vote cushion over Brown, who is sitting in third place.

    McKeeman carried nine of the 15 towns reporting results — several by wide margins. That list included Corinth, Bradford, Brookfield, Fairlee, Newbury, Thetford, Vershire and West Fairlee. She also ran a close second to Weiss in both Chelsea and Tunbridge and finished just seven votes behind Weiss and Brown, who tied for the lead, in Braintree.

    Brown carried Williamstown, Washington and Orange.

    Appointed in 2007 and elected the following year, Brown is running for what would be his second term.

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