Staff Reports On: 12:49AM / Wednesday May 28, 2014
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The town has a new Board of Selectmen.
Linda Reardon, running as a write-in candidate, handily defeated former Chairwoman Debora Lefave in Tuesday's annual town election, 169-67.
The two women were running to replace outgoing Selectwoman Lily Kuzia, who decided not to run for re-election.
Reardon is currently principal of Clarksburg School but had already announced her retirement by the beginning of the next school year.
William G. Schrade Jr. also won a seat, running unopposed to garner 222 votes. He will finish out the two years left on the term of former Selectman Carl McKinney, who resigned to apply for the town administrator's post.
Neither could agree on a secondary choice and the board agreed to hold off on a decision until a third member could be elected to act as tie-breaker.
The town has been suffering without a full-time administrator as it works through a difficult budget season. It was a fact that was raised at Tuesday's Finance Committee meeting as both the committee and Selectmen noted the town had no one to lobby on its behalf or to write or coordinate grants.
The new board will convene on Tuesday, June 3, at 5 p.m.
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