David Singer now has one more title to add to his name
February 28, 2007
CHARLTON — David Singer now has one more title to add to his name besides father and business owner —selectman.
Singer, 43, defeated incumbent John R. Bacon for a three-year seat on the Board of Selectmen at Saturday's annual town election. The vote was 412-343.
In the other selectman's race, Incumbent Chairman Rick Swensen, 52, defeated his young challenger, 18-year-old Joseph Szafarowicz, for a second three-year term on the board. The vote was 458-286.
Voters, in a 374-308 vote, also rejected a ballot question that would have made the town clerk's job an appointed position, instead of an elected post.
A tense atmosphere came over the Heritage School gymnasium, which served as the site of the polls, as several candidates waited for the results. The ambience soon gave way to the candidates' respective emotions as they listened to Town Clerk Susan Nichols read the results aloud.
Singer, fatigued after greeting voters all afternoon, was pleased.
"We did our best to get the word out," he said. "In the end, it worked out well."
Singer currently serves as town moderator and said he would resign that post. He can appoint an assistant moderator to take his place.
Bacon, a 73-year-old former teacher, was visibly upset at losing the seat he has served in for the past nine years, or three terms.
"I knew it would be close," he said before driving home. "I knew people were looking for a change."
Bacon complimented Singer for running a fair and clean campaign and believes he will serve the town well.
Swensen, after learning of his win, cast an optimistic future.
"My goal is to continue doing the work were doing," he said.
Fixing the Prindle Lake dam, which is currently in poor condition and getting drinking water to the town, is among his top priorities.
Szafarowicz, a senior at Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School, was not at the polls when the results were read aloud because he was attending his senior prom. He could not be reached for comment Saturday night.
If voters had passed the town clerk question, the town administrator would have appointed someone to the job in two years, when Nichols's term expires.
Nichols rejoiced at reading the results of the question screaming "yes."
"I am thrilled [that the question failed]," she said.
Several other candidates won unopposed races for various seats.
Incumbent Keith Johnson will serve another three-year on the Board of Assessors and Patricia Tanona was re-elected to another five-year term on the Planning Board. Gabriel Berthiaume will take over Sandra Dam's seat on the Water/Sewer Commission. Dam did not pull papers to run for re-election. Incumbent Karen Gauvin will sit for another three years on the Recreation Commission.
Donna Neylon was elected to fill serve the remaining two years on a vacant, three-year Cemetery Commission seat. She will join incumbent Jason Sciarappa, who was re-elected to another three-year seat.
David A. Lawrence was elected to serve out the remaining two years of a Board of Health seat that was vacated when member Barbara Dean passed away earlier this year.
Two incumbent library trustees, Cheryl Meskus and Stefan Sage, were re-elected for three-year terms. Michael McConville was elected to the Dudley-Charlton Regional School Committee for a three-year term. He takes the place of Karen A. Spiewak, who did not run for another term. Raymond Chalk was re-elected to the school committee's one-year post. Clarence Bachand was re-elected to another three-year term on the Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School Committee.
Overall, Election Day saw a terrible turnout.
According to the tally, 769 residents voted out of the more than 9,620 registered voters, or 8 percent. Nichols reported no glitches in the election.
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