Grenier prevails again in Berlin mayoral rematchBy JOHN KOZIOL
Union Leader Correspondent
November 08. 2017 5:50AM
BERLIN — As in 2015, voters went with a slate led by Paul Grenier, the incumbent mayor, over one led by Richard Mattos Jr.
This year, the challengers narrowed the margin. Mattos increased his vote tally to 703 votes, while Grenier’s total dropped by 81 to 1,027.
Two years ago, Mattos, who owns TechPros Computer Sales and Service and Gun Shop, headlined a mayor/city council slate that ran under the “Re-elect No one” banner. He got 478 votes compared to 1,108 for Greiner; Mattos’ four slate-mates were bested by the incumbents by margins of two-to one.
Running with Grenier, City Council incumbents Diana Nelson, Russell Otis, Michael Rozek and Lucie Remillard won re-election with totals of 1,045; 835; 956; and 1,009 votes respectively.
Meanwhile, the council candidates affiliated with Mattos — Jeff Legrange, Lanetha Strahan, Andre Martel and Christina Dickinson — got 607, 611, 523 and 791 votes respectively.
The only other contested races on the 2017 Berlin ballot were for school board. Six candidates vied for three seats. As with the race for city council, the winners were incumbents, including Chairman Nicole Plourde, Denise Valerino and Louise Valliere.
Grenier and Plourde as well as Martel and Strahan greeted voters Tuesday outside the polling station at the Community Bible Church.
“I feel cautiously optimistic,” said Grenier, who is also a Coos County Commissioner. He said he and the current council have been able to oversee more than $20 million of infrastructure improvements without raising taxes.