Ober will continue on as selectman


May 13, 2009
SANBORNTON — Earning more votes than his two opponents combined, incumbent Selectman Steve Ober will continue on the board for at least three more years.

When the votes were tallied Tuesday evening, Ober had received 295 for the one vacant seat on the Board of Selectmen, while Peter Dascoulias had 132 and Tim Lang had 98.

"I'm happy," Ober said Tuesday night.

He said he's pleased to be able to keep moving forward with some of the issues the board has been working on and has some specific goals in mind.

"The most important thing is to continue the road work," he said, noting that it will be vital for the town to follow through with the big state projects it has begun.

Ober has said that he's proud of the work the current board has done and in particular its fiscal responsibility. He said that in this economy it is more important than ever to look into energy-savings measures that will ultimately save money.

Ober is a proponent for Sanbornton to join with other local communities in a program for single stream recycling that could ultimately save even more dollars in the town budget. He has also given public support to a Park and Ride at Exit 22 that would be constructed through state and federal grants. Efforts like these benefit the town both economically and environmentally, he said.

"I want to thank (the voters) very much," he said Tuesday. "I also wish the best of luck to Tim Lang and Peter Dascoulias. They tried their best, and I thank them for that."

Dascoulias, whose name was on the ballot for both the selectman seat and the one two-year term on the Budget Committee, lost both races. Dascoulias had previously served in both capacities.

It wasn't all bad news for Lang, who was also Dascoulias' opponent for the Budget Committee seat. Lang garnered 273 votes for that position, while Dascoulias had 181. A write-in candidate, Howard Davine, got 40 votes. Davine also earned 76 votes as a write-in for one of the two three-year seats on the Budget Committee. Winning that race, however, were incumbents Jeff Jenkins with 317 votes and Earl Leighton with 285.

Running unopposed, Milly Shaw will serve as cemetery trustee; John Earley will serve as library trustee; and Norma Colp will serve as trustee of the trust funds.

A total of 548 ballots were cast Tuesday.

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