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Voters head to the polls for local elections

by Brendan Berube
Editor - Record-Enterprise
March 17, 2021
REGION — The continuing, if diminished, threat of COVID-19 failed to deter voters throughout the Winnisquam region from making their way to the polls last Tuesday to cast their ballots in this year's annual town elections.

In Belmont, Ruth Mooney was voted onto the board of selectmen, garnering 336 votes to 176 for opponent George Condodemetraky. In the only other contested race, David Dunham and Sharon Ciampi were handed the two open seats on the planning board, beating out John Froumy.

Only three candidates — Kenneth Ellis, Mark Roberts, and Justin David Borden — submitted their names for the four open seats on the budget committee in Belmont, so they will be joined by write-in Ciampi, who was also elected cemetery trustee. David Caron will fill a vacancy among the Trustees of the Trust Funds, while Teresa Elliott was elected a library trustee. Gary Grant and Kevin Sturgeon will assume the two vacant seats on the planning board, and Nikki Wheeler elected a supervisor of the checklist.

All articles on Belmont's warrant passed, with the exception of Articles 2 (a petitioned request for a zoning change) and 25, which asked voters whether they would support a 50 percent reduction in the amount deposited into the Conservation Fund from Land Use Change taxes. The town's operating budget for 2021 will be set at $8,264,371.

The 325 voters who turned out in Northfield elected Mark Hubbell to the board of selectmen in the only contested race, awarding him 168 votes. He was followed by David Bacon with 50 votes, Carl Barlett (44), Manuel Pimentel, Jr. (24), and Jason Gerhard and Jesse Garland with 14 each. Roland Seymour was elected Treasurer, and Deborah A. Tessier Trustee of the Trust Funds.

Article 15 on Northfield's town warrant, a petitioned request that the board of selectmen obtain answers from the IRS as to the legitimacy of requiring that residents pay federal income tax, was the only article not to pass. There was, however, an amendment made to Article 6 — a request for funds to purchase equipment for the purpose of road maintenance — reducing the requested amount from $154,000 to $147,000.

Northfield's 2021 operating budget will be set at $3,633,652.

In Sanbornton, the only contested race on the ballot was once again for a seat on the board of selectmen. Bob Lambert emerged as the winner with 253 votes, while Scott Morrow and Glenn Frederick each received 31. Kate Osgood and Robert Presby were elected to the budget committee; Paula Grassie will join the library trustees; and Lynn Chong was elected a trustee of the trust funds. Both zoning amendments passed as well.

Sanbornton will hold its annual town meeting on May 15 at the field behind the old Town Hall.

Tilton's Board of Selectmen will welcome a new face in Scott Ruggles, who was elected to one of two open seats on the board, with 161 votes, along with incumbent Pat Consentino, who garnered 159 votes. James Cropsey came in a distant third with 64 votes, followed by Anna Yasharian with 45, Dan Vinal, Jr. with 22, Robert Yanity with 19, and Brad Walther with 14. Write-in Bill Lawrence will join Debra Shepard and Judy Tilton on the town's Budget Committee, while Janice Boudreau will serve as a Trustee of the Trust Funds, and Katherine Dawson will join the Sewer Commission. The three proposed zoning amendments put before voters as ballot questions also passed.

Results from Tilton's Town Meeting, which took place Saturday morning, were not available as of our press deadline for this week's edition, and will be reported next week.

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