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Sunderland voters return Pierce to selectman post

SUNDERLAND — Selectman incumbent David Pierce won his second three-year term to the town’s top board in a landslide vote.

He defeated Peter Murphy, a political newcomer who campaigned to bring change and fiscal conservation to the town.

Of 545 local ballots cast, a total 321 voters supported Pierce and 192 backed for Murphy.

The voter turnout was 23 percent out of 2,310 registered voters.

“Now we can get back to work,” said Pierce, expressing relief, after the polls closed.

Pierce plans to hit the ground running in his second term. He will begin solar contract negotiations.

In the next three years, Pierce plans to have overcome the first term learning curve and accomplish a new master plan and an upgrade of the town’s technology. With fellow selectmen and neighboring towns, he plans to tackle a new regional paramedic ambulance service upgrade and a new formulation of the Frontier budget and agreement.

All the other incumbents in town had uncontested races. Those re-elected include Town Clerk Wendy Houle, Town Assessor Jim Kowaleck, Town Park Trustee Ken Kushi, Board of Health member Caitlyn Rock, and Library Trustees Beth Berry and Lisa Tripp. Moderator Bob Duby, Planning Board members Sara Snyder and Dan Murphy, and Elementary School Committee member Douglas Fulton were also nominated. Mike Wissemann was nominated for Cemetery Trustee. Traci Sackrey was nominated to represent the elementary school committee to the town park. Judy Pierce and Lyn Roberts were nominated to run for Frontier Regional School Committee.

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