Wednesday May 9, 2012

It's democracy by the dozen: On Tuesday, several Berkshire towns, including the county's least-populated, went to the ballot box.

In Mount Washington, the 147-person town in the southwest corner of the state, Gail E. Garrett slid past Sean T. Van Deusen for a three-year term on the Select Board, 52 to 44. Ninety-seven of the town's 122 registered voters came out to polls for a 79.5 percent turnout.

Elsewhere in South County, the Egremont election saw Mary Ann Brazie, Town Hall office administrator, win a three-year seat on the Board of Selectmen, edging out Finance Committee Chairwoman Laura Allen, 271 to 211. In the race for a two-year seat on the Planning Board, Marjorie A. Wexler ousted incumbent William H. Wood Jr., 276 to 164. The town election drew in 53 percent of registered voters.

In Monterey, Select Board incumbent Wayne Burkhart held onto his seat for another three years, besting challenger Kenneth Basler, former owner of the Monterey General Store, 97 votes to 78. For the Planning Board, Roger Tryon picked up the open, two-year seat, beating Ian Jenkins 118 to 57. Out of the town's 723 registered voters, 187 cast a ballot for a 26 percent participation rate.