Peru voters back incumbents

Monday June 11, 2012

PERU -- Voters have opted for the status quo on the Board of Selectmen and Finance Committee.

By a count of 149-96, veteran Selectman Edward P. Richards held off challenger William A. Tatro to capture a fourth consecutive three-year term during this weekend’s annual town election.

A closer Finance Committee contest saw incumbent Allan Gordon defeat Nancy B. Booth, 127-104, for another five-year term.

The remaining four incumbent candidates ran unopposed and easily won re-election.

In all, 245 of Peru’s 574 registered voters went to the polls on Saturday -- a 43 percent turnout, according to local elections officials.

Richards felt his track record and that of the board itself helped him win over the majority of voters.

"The [reconstruction] of the Middlefield Road/Skyline Trail, cleanup after [Tropical Storm] Irene and the work I and others put in toward getting a firehouse made the difference," he said.

Last month, a special town meeting approved additional funding for the new $566,800 fire station. Construction is set to begin later this summer.

Richards expects he and the other two selectmen to keep planning additional improvements for their community.

"We may disagree on issues at times, but eventually we come around together to do what’s good for the town," he said.

To reach Dick Lindsay:,
or (413) 496-6233.


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