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Peters sweep Charlton vote

Cooper wins town moderator race, Boria re-elected as selectman

Peter Cooper Jr. and family camped in their lawn chairs while waving to residents turning out to vote at the Heritage School Saturday. Cooper was elected town moderator, besting two other hopefuls. Shawn Kelley. (click for larger version)
May 02, 2010
CHARLTON — Incumbent Selectman Peter Boria retained his position Saturday, with a 627-233 victory over challenger Joseph Szafarowicz.

In the only other contested race of the night, Interim Town Moderator Peter S. Cooper Jr. became resident town moderator, with 423 votes. Challengers Joshua William Evans and Carl Kaliszewski received 137 and 251 votes, respectively.

Boria's victory over Szafarowicz, a 19-year-old who also ran for a seat on the Board of Selectmen last year, marks the start of his third term on the board.

Despite winning by a comfortable majority, Boria said there were no hot-button issues to bring voters out that sunny Saturday, but his track record on the board speaks for itself.

"I've been there for six years," Boria said. "They know what I've done. I guess the voters know what I've done there."

Boria went on to say there are no specific topics he looks forward to continuing work on — and new topics he plans to tackle — but is simply looking at "just keeping things the same way."

Boria said his win Saturday was "a nice vote of confidence" from the town.

For more on this story, please see Monday's Southbridge Evening News.

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