Lenox candidates 'win' before polls even open

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LENOX — The nine listed candidates on the town's annual election ballot knew they had "won" before the polls opened at 7 a.m. Monday.

With no contested races and two open positions with no one running, turnout was a slim 140 voters, 3.6 percent of the 3,826 who are registered. According to Town Clerk Kerry Sullivan, many residents coming in to Town Hall on other business weren't even aware it was election day.

Kenneth Fowler was re-elected to his third three-year term with 114 votes. Moderator John McNinch won his second one-year-term with 128 ballots.

School Committee Chairman Robert Vaughan was re-elected to another three-year term with 114 votes while newcomer David Rimmler won the three-year seat vacated by Veronica Fenton with 78 votes. Molly Elliot will serve on the committee for two years with support from 102 voters, while Christine Mauro, appointed to fill a vacancy after Michael Moran resigned, will serve for one year with 94 ballots.

Pamela Kueber took a five-year stint on the Planning Board with 94 votes, but a second vacancy will be filled through a Select Board appointment. Mary Ellen Prescott tallied six write-in votes but she has declined, meaning there was a "failure to elect," according to state law.

Taking the honors as the town's top vote-getter this year was Diana Kirby, with 131 votes for five years on the Lenox Housing Authority. Dianne Romeo's 127 vote tally assures her of another three years as a member of the Board of Health.

Thomas Romeo, vice-president of BHS Physician Services, garnered 35 write-in ballots for a three-year vacancy on the Board of Assessors. He disclosed his interest in the position last week and has agreed to serve.

Contact Clarence Fanto at 413-637-2551.


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