Sunday May 20, 2012

Berkshire Eagle Staff

WASHINGTON -- An incumbent defeated two challengers for a three-year seat on the Washington Select Board during Saturday’s town election.

James A. Huebner retained his seat on the select board with 100 votes. Former select board member Rose A. Borgnis garnered 64 votes, while write-in candidate Donald Kruck had one vote in his favor.

Four unopposed incumbents were also confirmed for office.

Huebner has been a board member since August 2010, when he was elected in a special election to fill the remainder of former Selectman Steve Deloye’s term. Borgnis served a single three-year term that ended in 2011.

Borgnis, 48, did not run for re-election after her previous term expired, but said she decided to take another chance at the request of some town residents.

Huebner, 63, chaired the town’s Finance Committee for 12 years before resigning to run for Deloye’s seat. His wife, Jan Paxton-Huebner, is a former Washington representative on the Central Berkshire Regional School Committee.

Huebner is a partner in a management-consulting group. He previously worked in management at both General Systems and General Electric. He holds a bachelor’s in English from Columbia University, a doctorate in organic chemistry from the University of Vermont, and a master’s from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.


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Michael Burke won a three-year term on the Finance Committee with 102 votes.

Mary Jarvie won a five-year term on the Planning Board with 144 votes.

Allison M. Mikaniewicz won a three-year term as town clerk with 159 votes. Michael Burke received one write-in vote for town clerk.

Craig Willis won a three-year term as tree warden with 132 votes.

There were no declared candidates for a one-year term as auditor.

There were 166 votes cast.