Hancock voters pick 2 new school committee members

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HANCOCK — The largest voter turnout in more than a decade settled two close school committee races and saw the election of a new town moderator.

Monday's annual town election drew nearly 40 percent, 198 out of 502, of the town's registered voters — the largest turnout Linda Burdick says she's seen since she became the town clerk in 2005.

In a three-way race for two, three-year terms on the school committee, incumbents Mark Gaskill and Patricia Bishop took the most votes. Challenger Joanne Meandro took 89 votes. Bishop received 95, while Gaskill was the top vote-getter with 132.

Dan Rancatti, who was originally appointed to the school committee, won the other nail-biter, defeating Loretta Kittle, 99 to 87 votes. He will complete the final year of an unexpired term.

Meanwhile, voters chose Brian Fairbank over incumbent moderator Alex Kastrinakis, 116 to 80, for the one year in office.

The other contested race listed on the ballot had Joan Burdick beating Terry Clark, 113-70, for two years as a library trustee.

One candidate, running unopposed on the ballot, easily deflected a write-in campaign. Raymond Meandro defeated Olivia Johnson, 127-32, for the one-year, unexpired term on the Select Board.

Another write-in candidate, Barbara Markessenis, garnered 23 votes for the second of two available seats on the Planning Board. Incumbent Christie Moran received 156 for the other three-year term. Moran also won a two-year term on the Board of Assessors.

Running unopposed on the ballot were: Linda Burdick, assessor and Finance Committee; Connie Chase, library trustee; and incumbents John Quimby and Melissa Leab, Board of Health. Ed Bishop's two write-in votes were enough to grab the vacant seat on the Cemetery Commission until 2021.

Dick Lindsay can be reach at rlindsay@berkshireeagle.com and 413-496-6233.




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