Stockbridge sends new member to Select Board

Wednesday May 23, 2012

STOCKBRIDGE -- Charles R. Gillett was elected on Tuesday in a three-way race for a seat on the Select Board.

Gillett garnered 239 votes in the town election, defeating Harold P. French and Barbara L. Cohen-Hobbs, who received 112 and 48 votes, respectively.

Gillett, 65, of Church Street, is the owner of Studley Press in Dalton. Gillett has said his priorities as a selectman would include consideration of a year-round use of the old Town Hall building on West Main Street and identifying gaps in cell phone coverage throughout town.

Gillett will serve out the remaining one-year term resulting from the resignation of Robert Flower.

Of the town's 1,458 registered voters, 406, or 27.8 percent, cast ballots in Tuesday's election.

Selectwoman Deborah McMenamy won re-election in an uncontested race, garnering 294 votes.

The election also featured two contested races for seats on the Board of Health. Stephanie Adler defeated Henry P. Schwerner, 209-123, for a three-year term on the board, while Harriet Vines defeated Patricia A. Harper, 202-140, for a one-year term on the board.

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