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Caucus picks Carter for Ashfield Selectboard seat

ASHFIELD ­­­­— In less than four minutes, at least 63 voters in Town Hall Tuesday night unanimously nominated former Selectman Thomas Carter to fill the vacant seat of Douglas Field, who stepped down from the Selectboard last month.

Carter was the lone candidate nominated from the floor at caucus. And, barring a write-in candidate challenge, Carter will be the only candidate on the special election ballot for the four-month unexpired Selectboard term.

Former member Bill Perlman, who had filed nomination papers for the empty position, officially withdrew from candidacy Wednesday morning. Also, former board member Dave DeHerdt, who had taken out nomination papers but didn’t file them, said he decided not to seek the position after hearing that Carter wanted to run.

Carter served on the Board of Selectmen, as it was then officially called, from about 1984 to 1995. He said he has spent a combined 28 years serving on town boards, as selectman, sewer commissioner and on the Finance Committee.

The special election will be held on Feb. 2, and the elected officer will serve on the Selectboard until annual town election in May.

Present Selectboard members Paullette Leukhardt and Ron Coler opted to call a special election for the four-month term, to reduce the chance of tie votes on important issues, as the town goes through its budget planning process in the spring.

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