CHESHIRE — A veteran selectwoman has held off a stiff challenge to win her 10th straight three-year term on the board.

By 25 votes, Carol Francesconi defeated E. Richard Scholz, 304 to 279, during Monday's annual town election. Francesconi was first elected to the board in 1989. Scholz was making his second attempt at unseating an incumbent selectman, falling short two years ago in his bid to defeat Paul Astorino.

Town election officials say 595 of the municipality's 2,303 registered voters cast ballots, a 26-percent turnout.

The only other race was a five-way contest for three constable positions, with a challenger unseating one of the incumbents.

Newcomer Christopher Garner was the top vote-getter with 351, followed by Ralph Biagini with 340 and Alison Warner at 324. Finishing out of the running was incumbent Jason Hoellerich, with 295 votes and the other challenger, Andrew Kachel, at 215 votes.

The uncontested winners were Peter Tatro and Paul Butler for the Adams-Cheshire Regional School Committee, Ronald DeAngelis for a two-year term on the Planning Board, and Shannon Plumb for a five-year term on the Planning.

Contact Dick Lindsay at 413 496-6233.