LANESBOROUGH -- Henry G. Sayers Jr. won an eight-month seat on the Select Board on Tuesday in a close special election against opponent Barbara Davis-Hassan.
The election saw turnout of 22 percent of the town's 2,231 registered voters, with Sayers gathering 270 votes and Davis-Hassan trailing with 217.
Sayers said he's ready to get to work to "try to control taxes and spending."
Davis-Hassan told The Eagle she enjoyed the process of running for a seat.
"I feel good about the outcome," she said. "My supporters were wonderful, and I look forward to continuing to serve the town."
Sayers will succeed Robert Barton, who resigned from the board to join Lanesborough School Committee on June 30. He'll finish the remainder of Barton's three-year term.
Tuesday's election was rare -- perhaps even unprecedented -- for the town, poll worker Donald Dermyer said Tuesday afternoon.
Dermyer asked his peers if any could recall a single-position election and received the answer: Nobody. Not even those who had 35 or more years experience at the post.
"We don't remember," he said. "That's how long ago it was."
But the small scope of the ballot didn't hold back voters. The turnout proved higher than expected.
"Turnout was steady all day," Dermyer said. "It was very good, particularly for this sort of election."
At the polls, Dermyer was tasked with the responsibility of collecting residents' email addresses because the town seeks to create a master list.
"I think it's a great idea," he said.
Residents who signed up will receive emails notifying them of town events, elections and other happenings.
Sayers, 57, owns and operates Sayers Auto Wrecking and is a Lanesborough native. His new post represents his first stint in town government.
He'll have to run again in May if he decides to seek
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