Wednesday, May 13
EGREMONT — Challenger Richard Burdsall defeated incumbent Bruce Turner for a three-year term on the Select Board in Tuesday's annual town elections.

A heavy turnout at the polls yesterday saw 491 of the town's 938 registered voters, or 52 percent, elect Burdsall by a more than 2-1 margin, 343-145.

That was one of three races in town. In the race for a three-year term on the Cemetery Commission, Forest "Sam" Gossage, who had been appointed to the post last year, won his first full term by defeating Richard Allen, 274-173.

In the third race, incumbent James Olmsted retained his one-year term as Tree Warden, defeating Lord St. Pierre, 343-130.

Four other incumbents were returned to office unopposed: Thomas Gage for a one-year term as Moderator; Henry Granger for a three-year term on the Cemetery Commission, Charles Proctor for a five-year term on the Planning Board and Margaret Muskrat for a one-year term as Town Clerk.

Egremont is one of only a handful of towns that require its Town Clerk to run annually. Last night, Muskrat won election to her 26th consecutive term at that post. Other winners included Florence Browner, for a three-year term as Assessor and Muskrat, who was elected to her first full three-year term as Library Trustee. She had been appointed to the post last year.



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