Kuklewicz re-elected as Selectman at Montague Town Election

  • Montague residents check in to vote in the town election Monday at the Hillcrest Elementary School polling place, on Monday, May 21, 2018. Recorder Staff/Dan Little

For the Recorder
Published: 5/22/2018 9:53:57 AM

MONTAGUE — A total of 1,489 voters, or 24.78 percent of the town’s 6 precincts, turned out for Montague’s Annual Town Election on Monday. Town Clerk Debra A. Bourbeau reported the following results:

Richard J. Kuklewicz was re-elected as selectman (three-year term) with 1,120 votes.

Christopher Collins was elected as moderator (three-year term) with 1,080 votes.

Ann M. Cenzano was elected as assessor (three-year term) with 1,127 votes.

Christopher M. Boutwell beat Melanie K. Zamojski for a three-year term on the Board of Health with 702 votes over 486, respectively.

The two candidates on the ballot — Gretchen W. Wetherby and Patricia Perman — both snagged spots as public library trustees with 973 and 773 votes, respectively, with write-in candidate James Martineauj offered the third slot.

Karen M. Casey-Chretien was appointed to the Montague Housing Authority (five-year term) with 1,113 votes.

Barbara D. Kuklewicz was appointed to the Parks & Recreation Commission (three-year term) with 1,154 votes.

Donald H. Girard was elected as a non-veteran trustee for Soldiers Memorial (three-year term) with 1,153 votes; Albert L. Cummings Jr. was elected as a veteran trustee for Soldiers Memorial with 1,129 votes.

Both Montague residents and Gill residents voted for school committee members representing each town. The results reported are votes from Montague and Gill combined.

For Gill-Montague Regional School Committee: Valeria (Timmie) Smith beat Robert Whittier (three-year term) with 917 votes to 614 to represent the Gill on the board; Haley Anderson and Jennifer Lively with 834 and 1053 votes, respectively, beat Christopher Pinardi (679 votes) and Heather Poirier (590) for three-year spots to represent the Town of Montague; Mike Langknecht beat ballot candidate Joyce Phillips with 919 votes over 698 for a one-year spot to represent Montague, with write-in candidate Sean Crowell getting one vote.

There was also one question on the ballot asking for an exemption from the provisions of Proposition 2½, to pay for the bond to cover the planning, designing, permitting, constructing, equipping and furnishing a new public works facility, to be located on Turners Falls Road, and all other costs associated with the project. Voters backed the measure with 688 voting ‘yes’ and 649 voting ‘no.’

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