Joining him on the Select Board will be Karin Robert, who was the only candidate to take out papers to complete the last year of a three-year term. It will, however, be a somewhat inexperienced board with two brand-new members and Kimberly Goodell, who also won her three-year seat last year as a write-in.
The election featured three contested races, but the third, for Elementary School Committee, generated little interest. The two winners from among three candidates on the ballot will serve just about six weeks on the committee after they are sworn in following May 15's annual town meeting.
James Bush won one of the two selectman seats with 695 votes, edging out two-term Selectman John Duval for the most votes. Coming in third was another newcomer, Heather Cachat Blake, who polled 355; running out of the money was former Selectman Donald Sommer with 308 and Wayne Piaggi, who withdrew but was still on the ballot, with 39 votes.
To be effective, a planning board member must think creatively to solve problems. In addition, as a member of a committee, an effective individual must work cooperatively with others. Mike Goodwin is such a person.
Seven seats are up for election on June 19.
Residents will be asked to vote for one Selectman, two members of the Finance Committee, a moderator, a library trustee, and a five-year and a two-year member of the Planning Board.
John Duval, chairman of the board, will defend his seat from the other four candidates who returned their papers Monday.
James Bush, Heather Marie Cachat, Wayne Piaggi and Donald Sommer will be on the ballot this year.
There are two selectmen seats open this year. Current officeholder John Duval's term ends this year and there is a vacant seat left by former Selectman Arthur "Skip" Harrington, who resigned last year.
Town officials are considering whether to hold an election for the vacant seat on the Board of Selectmen.
Town Clerk Haley Meczywor told the Selectmen last week that the Nov. 7 special election to fill the seat of the late state Rep. Gailanne Cariddi could be coupled with a town election.
There was a lack of interest in this year's town election, from voters and from candidates.
Just over 200 of the town's 2,323 registered voters made it to the polls - which beat town meeting's attendance of 93 voters - on Tuesday. But, there wasn't much to vote on either. All of the seats up for re-election were incumbents and only a few ballot questions had little significance in town operations.
The town has a new Select Board with the election on Tuesday of Carlyle "Chip" Chesbro Jr. and Kimberly Goodell.
Tuesday's election also ensured that the town would have a full Planning Board this year. Vincent King was elected to the full five-year position that was open; Erin Scott to complete four years of a five-year term, and Gregory Vigna to complete the last year of a full term.
The Fire District has been approved for a $1,953,440.52 budget for fiscal 2018.
Water district members met May 9 in the Fire Station garage to vote for the almost $2 million budget, of which $1,906,440.52 will be raised by water revenue.
Officials have been worried about elected seats going vacant in Tuesday's election, but enough candidates have come forward to ensure most will be filled.
A seat on the Select Board and three on the Planning Board looked like they would go empty in the town election but three people have stepped forward to run write-in campaigns.