Voters allow alcohol license, choose new officials

By a count of 1,406 to 182, voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot question at the annual town election on May 7 to allow the town to grant a license that would allow a grocery store to sell wine and malt beverages. In the only contested race on the ballot, Eliza Lucas received 1,028 votes to 563 for Donald Campbell Jr. for a seat on the Board of Selectmen, replacing Frances Fleming, and Matthew Wigton defeated Michael Josephson in a race between two write-in candidates for the Housing Authority, 129-42. For Planning Board, with Herman Lilja on the ballot and two seats open, write-in candidate Edward Hand received 228 votes and will join Lilja (1,202 votes) on the board. With 1,623 of Rockport’s 5,511 registered voters participating, the turnout was nearly 30 percent.