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Dowling wins in Sturbridge

Murawski bests Murphy

Members of Selectman candidate Mary Dowling’s family wave to voters coming in and out of the polls. Dowling bested opponent James Ehrhard by 275 votes. Shawn Kelley. (click for larger version)
April 13, 2010
STURBRIDGE — The Board of Selectmen has a new member, and it's Mary Dowling.

A member of the Finance Committee for two terms, Dowling was defeated by only five votes in a bid for a seat on the board two years ago. Monday night, she comfortably defeated her opponent James Ehrhard — who narrowly lost a run for selectman last year by 14 votes — by a deficit of 275 votes.

The final count was Dowling with 1039 votes and Ehrhard with 764.

"I'm extremely happy and excited," Dowling said following the announcement of the results by assistant town clerk Heather Hall shortly after 8 p.m.

"I'm humbled by the amount of support that I received from the community," Dowling continued.

She commended her opponent on a well-run campaign.

"It was hard," Dowling said. "It was a very close race throughout the entire campaign."

Going into Monday's election, Dowling said, "It was anybody's guess as to who was going to win."

Looking at taking up her post on the Board of Selectmen as "starting a new adventure," Dowling said there is no one specific topic she wants to tackle in her freshman year, but would rather participate and contribute in what is already in front of the board, saying she was careful not to run her campaign on any single issue.

See Wednesday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage of community news.

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