Thomas S. Carter is new Ashfield selectman

Wins 206 out of 210 votes

ASHFIELD ­— With a 16 percent voter turnout, Thomas S. Carter handily won election to the unexpired Selectboard term left by former Chairman Douglas Field, who stepped down in November.

Carter, a former selectman and a current member of the Finance Committee, was the only candidate at a December town caucus, where he was unanimously nominated by 63 people.

Carter, 52, of 332 Main St., previously served on the board from 1984 to 1995.

“My kids are out of school, I’ve got some time and people thought enough of me that they wanted me, so it felt like it was a good time, especially having the short term,” Carter said of his return.

For Saturday’s election, 210 people came to the polls, according to Town Clerk Ann Dunne. Carter received 206 votes. Carter’s term lasts through the May annual town election, although he could run for a full three-year term if he chooses.

The next Selectboard meeting is Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Town Hall.

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