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Ober, Giunta win selectmen's seats in Sanbornton



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Karen Ober (click for larger version)
May 11, 2011
SANBORNTON — Election Day in Sanbornton was "quiet but steady," according to officials at the polls, and while not much changed, there will be a new face at Town Hall in the coming year.

In one of two openings on the Board of Selectmen, incumbent Karen Ober narrowly defeated veteran selectman Andrew Livernois in her bid to complete her husband's three-year term, which he relinquished in deference to a new job opportunity that would require frequent out-of-state travel. Rather than run for his own open three-year seat, Livernois also opted to seek the one-year vacancy of Ober's term. Karen Ober gained that position by a vote of 259 - 229, defeating Livernois by 30 votes.

"I'm looking forward to the year ahead. I really know what the job entails, and I'm willing to put 100 percent into it in the year ahead. I have the time to devote to the position, and the interest, as well," Ober said after hearing the results Tuesday evening.

Livernois wished Ober the best in her position on the board, and said he would continue to find many ways in which he can remain involved with the town.

"It's really been an honor and a privilege to have served the Town of Sanbornton for the past six years, and I hope I made a difference," said Livernois.

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Guy Giunta (click for larger version)
Livernois' open three-year seat on the board came down to a contest between Guy Giunta, a former selectman who was appointed last January to fill Steve Ober's seat until Election Day, and budget committee member Tim Lang, who also sits on the Winnisquam Regional School Board. Giunta won the position by a vote of 311 to 164.

"I'm grateful that people trust in me, and I look to do my best to maintain their trust and respect. I wish Karen the best as she joins us on the board, and hope we can all work together to keep the town running as well as it did in the past few years under Andy (Livernois), Steve (Ober) and Dave (Nickerson)," Giunta said Tuesday evening.

In other contests, Judy Rich and write-in candidate Les Cederberg won seats on the Budget Committee with 409 and 88 votes, respectively. Melanie Van Tassel received 446 votes for the uncontested opening for Trustee of the Cemeteries, and Marla Davis and Joanne Dover were elected to the Library Trustees with 323 and 335 votes each.

Goss reported that elections went smoothly in Sanbornton once again this year, but while the day's polling was steady, only 515 of the more than 2,000 registered voters came out to cast their ballots.

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Jane Goss (click for larger version)
Town Meeting is scheduled to take place at 7 p.m. this evening, May 11, in the gymnasium of Sanbornton Central School on Hunkins Pond Road. Voters will be asked to approve a $3,636,653 operating budget as recommended by the budget committee, along with 21 warrant articles ranging from apparatus and equipment expenditures for the police and fire departments to a petitioned warrant article in support of Youth Protective Services and a $50,000 bridge construction project on Huse Road.

Write-in votes brought Les Cederberg to the Budget Committee, along with candidate Judy Rich. Rich received 409 votes while Cederberg bested rival write-in candidate Nick Orgattes, 54 to 35.

Van Tassel received 446 votes in an uncontested race for Trustee of the Cemeteries and both Marla Davis and Joanne Dover were elected to the Library Trustees in another uncontested race.

Despite a challenge by Sherry Guyer this year, Jane Goss also retained her position as Town Clerk/Tax Collector for Sanbornton by a vote of 421 to 81.

Treasurer Susan Shannon also regained her position as Town Treasurer and Marla Davis won a seat as Trustee of the Trust Funds.

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