Following Charlemont town election, slew of write-in candidates accept positions

  • Pat Stafford checks in Linda Wagner before she votes at the Charlemont Fire Station on June 30. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • One hundred and twenty-three ballots were cast in the town election at the Charlemont Fire Station on June 30, representing a 13 percent voter turnout. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

Staff Writer
Published: 7/6/2020 9:29:49 PM

CHARLEMONT — While originally lacking candidates for 10 out of the total 15 positions on the ballot, last week’s town election saw 12 of the positions filled.

Town Clerk Kathy Reynolds contacted write-in candidates Monday to confirm whether they would accept each position. According to Reynolds, the June 30 election at the Fire Station saw 123 ballots cast, and only 16 of them were absentee ballots. That represents a 13 percent voter turnout from the town’s 910 registered voters.

The elected positions are as follows:

■Selectboard, three-year term: Marguerite Willis, incumbent, with 83 votes

■Board of Assessors, three-year term: Karen Rau, incumbent, with 99 votes

■Planning Board, three-year term: Daniel Miller, with four votes

■Hawlemont Regional School District School Committee, three-year term: Charles Ricko, with four votes

■Hawlemont Regional School District School Committee, two-year term: Beth Flaherty, incumbent, with 99 votes

■Board of Health, three-year term: Robert Lingle, with 12 votes

■Mohawk Trail Regional School District School Committee, one-year term: Paris Finley, with 10 votes

■Park and Recreation Commission, one-year term: Michael Hayden, with six votes

■Tree warden, three-year term: Stephen Reynolds, with 10 votes

■Moderator, one-year term: Charlotte Dewey, incumbent, with 66 votes

■Tyler Memorial Library trustees, three-year term: Andrea Santos, with 21 votes

■Constable, three-year term: William Harker, incumbent, with 92 votes

Positions that remain unfilled include a Planning Board seat with a five-year term, a Park and Recreation Commission seat with a five-year term and a Local Education Council seat with a one-year term.

Additionally, a ballot question seeking approval of a Proposition 2½ debt exclusion to purchase a new ambulance to replace a 2010 Ford F-450 ambulance failed narrowly, with a vote of 51 to 42.

Zack DeLuca can be reached at zdeluca@recorder.com or 413-930-4579.



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