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Blanchard retains; Gimas, Ellison win selectmen spots



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Sturbridge resident Tammy Howe casts her vote at Burgess Elementary School. Kevin Flanders. (click for larger version)
April 12, 2011
STURBRIDGE — Following a hard fought campaign by candidates running for positions on the Board of Selectmen and Board of Health, residents finally made their way to Burgess Elementary School on Monday, April 11 to cast their votes.

After the smoke cleared when the results were tallied, incumbent Mary Blanchard (978 votes) learned that she will retain her position on the Board of Selectmen for three more years, while Priscilla Gimas (903 votes) supplanted incumbent Scott Garieri (605 votes) for the other three-year seat. Meanwhile, Angeline Ellison (776 votes) bested Alphonso Esposito (556 votes) for the one-year Board of Selectmen seat vacated by Edward Goodwin in February.

In the Board of Health race, incumbent Linda Cocalis (871 votes) prevailed over challenger Kimberly Desy (487 votes).

In total, 1,423 voters showed up at the polls out of approximately 6,389 registered voters, a 22 percent voter turnout.

"I'm excited about the results of this election," Ellison said. "We have a great group of people on this new board who are dedicated to working toward the betterment of Sturbridge."

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

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