With write-in votes, Thomas Griffin elected to Colrain Selectboard

Staff Report
Published: 5/4/2021 6:27:47 PM

COLRAIN — Thomas Griffin secured the open Selectboard seat in Monday’s annual town election, receiving 77 write-in votes.

While no candidate was on the ballot for the three-year Selectboard term, Griffin won over fellow write-in candidate Benjamin Eastman, who received 63 write-in votes, according to Town Clerk Eileen Sauvageau. One hundred and sixty voters cast their ballots of the 1,225 registered voters in town, making for a roughly 13 percent voter turnout.

Griffin will replace Mark Thibodeau, who has been on the Selectboard for 12 years but decided not to seek re-election this year. He joins Joe Kurland and Michael Slowinski on the board.

“I’m looking forward to serving,” Griffin said following Monday’s election.

Having lived in town for 35 years and served on several town boards, including the Planning Board and Finance Committee, Griffin said he has met a lot of his fellow residents. He expects to initially spend time getting to know the new role.

“It’s a learning curve for a beginning selectperson,” Griffin said. “In your first year it involves a lot of reading to get up to speed.”

Griffin retired a few years ago from a job managing the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Joseph Troll Turf Research Center in South Deerfield, and currently serves on the Silverthorne Theater Co.’s board of directors.

All other positions on the ballot, which were uncontested, saw incumbents be re-elected. They are as follows:

■Moderator, three-year term: Megan McDonough (147 votes)

■Assessor, three-year term: James Slowinski, 141 votes

■Constable, three-year term: Melinda Herzig, 150 votes

■Griswold Memorial Library trustees, two seats with three-year terms: Betty Johnson (154 votes) and Nancy Rich Turkle (136 votes)

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