Otis Selectman Hawley defeats challenge from former selectman


OTIS — Veteran Selectman Douglas Hawley staved off a stiff challenge from a former selectman to earn another three-year term of office.

Hawley defeated Gary Thomas 231-176 during Tuesday's annual town election. Hawley has been on the Select Board since May 1998, while Thomas was seeking a seat he held from 1987-89. He was also on the Otis Finance Committee for 14 years, until 2012.

While the Selectman's race was the only contest listed on the ballot, two others emerged thanks to last-minute candidacies. Russell Loring held off write-in candidate Jill Moretz, 241-128 for a spot on the Board of Assessors.

In a battle of write-ins for a vacancy on the Farmington River Regional School District Committee, Hillary Howard beat Vicki Ernst, 63-22.

Nearly 37 percent of the town's registered voters — 410 out of 1,118 — went to the polls at Town Hall.

The candidates that won running unopposed are Town Moderator Blake Middleton and Town Clerk Lyn Minery and Michael Ernst for Finance Committee.

Other uncontested winners were John "Jack" Conboy, tree warden, Bruce Wall and Roger Meyer for Cemetery Commission, Walter Engles, library trustee and James Carlin for Planning Board.

Contact Dick Lindsay at 413-496-6233.


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