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Ames wins Orange selectman’s seat

ORANGE — David Ames was elected to a selectman post in Orange in a resounding victory Monday night.

Ames got 575 votes while his opponent, Linda Smith, got 244 votes.

During his bid for a seat on the Board of Selectmen, Ames said his 18 years of experience in town government gave him the knowledge he needs to work with residents and officials in helping the town regain financial stability.

In thanking his supporters, Ames said, “I hope we can continue to work together, as well as those who did not support me. I think it’s important we all get together to work for the best interest of the town.”

Ames was town manager of Athol for eight years before retiring last year. Prior to that, he served as town administrator of Shutesbury for five years.

He began his work in town government as community development director of Orange, a position he held for five years. He currently works as a case manager for senior citizens at the Franklin County Home Care Corp.

Ames grew up in Orange and graduated from Mahar Regional High School. Following graduation, he said he “married his high school sweetheart” and joined the Air Force. During his 21-year military career, he earned a masters and an undergraduate degree in education.

He and his wife have eight children, three of which attend school in Orange.

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