Updated story: Mayoral race now down to Wedegartner and Gilmour

  • Greenfield mayoral candidate Roxann Wedegartner at Hope & Olive on Tuesday night after qualifying for the General Election on Nov. 5. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Sheila Gilmour received 1,011 votes in the preliminary election on Tuesday. She waited in Greenfield High School for the results then met with supporters at the People’s Pint. STAFF PHOTO/MELINA BOURDEAU

  • Tracey Brooks, Stephanie Gusan-Duclos, Ryan Whitney, Stephen Crowningshield and mayoral candidate Brickett Allis greeted voters outside of Greenfield High School during the preliminary election Tuesday. STAFF PHOTO/MELINA BOURDEAU

Published: 9/10/2019 10:31:10 PM

GREENFIELD – There is one thing voters know for certain following the preliminary election — the next mayor of Greenfield will be a woman. Sheila Gilmour and Roxann Wedegartner are the two contenders for the General Election on Nov. 5.

Brickett Allis, Gilmour and Wedegartner were three candidates running for a four-year term as mayor in the preliminary election. William Martin, who has been mayor for 10 years, is not seeking re-election.

Gilmour received 1,011 votes, Wedegartner, 1,236 votes, and Allis, 957 votes, according to the unofficial election results posted Tuesday evening.

James Henry, Philip Elmer, Christine Forgey and Michael Terounzo are the four candidates running for councilor-at-large on the November ballot; two seats are available.

Henry received 868 votes, Elmer, 1,411 votes, Forgey, 1,641 votes, Terounzo, 841 votes; and Terence Stigers, 438 votes.

There was a 26 percent voter turnout in the preliminary election. A total of 3,219 votes were cast for the mayoral race and 3,064 for the councilor-at-large race.

On election night, each of the candidates gathered with supporters.

Dozens of people gathered at Hope & Olive Tuesday evening to await the preliminary election results and Wedegartner’s arrival. When campaign committee member Elizabeth Fisk announced Wedegartner had secured a spot on the November ballot, the room erupted into cheers and applause.

“We achieved what we needed to today, that was going through to November,” Fisk said.

Wedegartner arrived at the restaurant shortly after the results were announced. The room once again filled with thunderous applause as she made her way around the room to thank supporters.

“I’m feeling pretty darn good,” Wedegartner said Tuesday evening. “We were at the polls saying hello all day. Thank you, Greenfield. Let’s make it a full win on Nov. 6. We’re going to do good things in Greenfield.”

“We’ve still got some work to do, but we’re happy for Greenfield tonight,” said Kirsten Wedegartner, Roxann Wedegartner’s daughter.

At the People’s Pint, Gilmour gathered with family and friends.

“Towards the end I was a little nervous. I was a close second,” Gilmour said. “I knocked on so many doors, and when I sent an email to the volunteers who have helped me, I realized I was emailing almost 50 people. I couldn’t have done it without them.”

While she is “feeling exhausted, but grateful,” Gilmour plans on taking the week to rest. She said in her immediate future her three sons are going to make a pancake breakfast this weekend. Then she will meet with her team to plan the next steps of her campaign.

“We’re going to go over what precincts I did well in and those that I didn’t,” Gilmour, who is a city councilor, said. “I won in my own precinct, which is good because the voters must feel I am representing them well. Then I’m going to break down and circle back to the voters.”

At Green Acres Bar and Grill Tuesday night, waiting on the results of the vote, Allis had only great things to say about his election campaign.

“We worked so hard, all of us,” Allis, who is a city councilor, said. “I have no regrets. We did everything we possibly could.”

Allis and his campaign manager, Maria Burge, described it as a grassroots effort, noting that his campaign had less funding than either of his two opponents. They had recently distributed 1,700 door hangers to houses in Greenfield by hand delivery to save on postage, Allis said.

About 40 people were at Green Acres for the campaign party, among them City Councilor Verne Sund as well as Terounzo.

At 8:45, Allis stood on a chair to address the crowd. “I’ve got some bad news,” he said.

He had come in third place of the three candidates.

Allis said he wasn’t prepared to endorse either of the other candidates yet, but said that he would continue to communicate with supporters online and would share opinions as the race continues. He said he would probably spend the next day fishing.

“We have nothing to be ashamed of, nothing we could’ve done better,” Allis said. “This was a whole bunch of people who’ve never run a campaign before, for the most part, who ran a pretty damn good campaign.”

The general election will be held Nov. 5 at the Greenfield High School gymnasium; polls will be open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The last day to register to vote for the November election is Oct. 16, and the clerk’s office will be open that day until 8 p.m.

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