2017 Town Election: The “unofficial” details (Updated – again)

by beth on May 10, 2017

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Last night, the newly elected Town Clerk sent out the “unofficial results” from the election.

As I already posted, the big winners were Jim Hegarty, Dan Kolenda, Lisa Braccio, and supporters of the Public Safety Complex project. (Congratulations to all.)

Now here are the details.

Only 23% of Southborough voters showed up to the polls yesterday.

That’s a significant uptick from last year’s 12% when no selectmen were opposed. But it’s still 1% lower than 2014 when five candidates were also running for the board. (I have to admit, I thought the ballot question would draw in some additional voters.)

Of those who turned up, 9% abstained on the ballot question. And many voters opted not to weigh in fully on the selectmen’s race (with 8% blanks vs. 3% on the Town Clerk’s race).**

Here’s how the votes that were cast broke down.*

Town Clerk:

  • James F. Hegarty – incumbent – 75%
  • William J. Boland – 24%

Board of Selectmen (two seats):

  • Lisa M. Braccio – 28%
  • Daniel L. Kolenda- incumbent – 24%
  • Sam R. Stivers – 21%
  • John M. Wood – 19%
  • David W. Parry – 8%

Prop 2 1/2 Debt exclusion for the Public Safety Complex:

  • Yes – 63%
  • No – 31%

Those of you disappointed that your candidate for selectman didn’t win may get another chance soon. A special election is planned for November 7th to fill the remaining vacancy on the board. Stay tuned for those details.

And those of you concerned that a yes on the ballot question may allow the Town to spend too much – keep in mind that selectmen plan to authorize a building committee. The committee will be charged with overseeing the project to keep costs in check. The Town will be recruiting to fill at least one seat on that. So, again, stay tuned.

Southborough Wicked Local was at the Town House last night when results were announced. For reactions, click here for that article.

This morning, Sam Stivers asked me to share with readers:

I congratulate the winners in yesterday’s election—particularly Lisa Braccio. Lisa ran a great campaign and she obviously connected with the voters. I believe that Lisa will do an excellent job as a member of the Board of Selectmen.

I also want to offer my sincere thanks to the many individuals who helped with my campaign, to those who supported me before the election and to those who supported me in the voting booth. I’m very grateful for the time and effort devoted on my behalf by so many people. I look forward to continuing to be involved in Town government.

Most seats on the ballot were uncontested. Many were incumbents. But let’s welcome the new additions. (Though, some are familiar from roles on other boards/committees!) 

  • Paul Cimino completed his term as Selectman. He is now our Town Moderator.
  • Jane Davis and Amy Vachris join the Library Board of Trustees.
  • Keturah Martin joins the School Committee.
  • School Committee Chair Paul Desmond will now also serve on the Regional School Committee.

And, to the incumbents who continue to serve our Town, thank you:

  • Bill Boland – Board of Commissioners of Trust Funds
  • Thomas Beaumont – Board of Assessors
  • Nancy Sacco – Board of Health
  • Paul Desmond – School Committee
  • Paul Butka – Regional School Committee
  • Don Morris – Planning Board

**My percentage calculations exclude the blanks. It does include write-ins, but I didn’t list those since they amounted to far less than 1%.

Updated (5/10/17 8:57 am): I had forgotten to mention the upcoming special election and building committee vacancy. And I decided to share the link to SWL with reactions.

Updated (5/10/17 11:41 am): I shared Stivers’ statement.

** Updated (5/10/17 12:11 pm): Initially, I wrote that 8% of voters opted not to weigh-in on the selectmen’s race. But I wasn’t taking into account the effect of two choices. The range of response could be from 8% of voters fully abstaining on the race to 16% only choosing one candidate.

(image cropped from photo by Susan Fitzgerald)

1 louise barron May 10, 2017 at 8:26 PM

So, we shouldn’t be concerned that the town will spend too much money on the municipal building. Did you say that the selectmen are going to appoint the municipal building committee. Now that’s a relief.

2 southsider May 11, 2017 at 12:31 PM

Congrats to the winners and hoping that Sam and John continue to serve on Advisory.

3 Publius May 11, 2017 at 5:05 PM

There were excellent candidates. Those who were unsuccessful should seriously consider running again. Sometimes it takes two or more tries.

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