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Washington voters elect a new selectman, 3 for Municipal Light Board

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Washington town voters elected David Ellis to the Select Board during Saturday's special town election.

WASHINGTON — Town voters have chosen a new selectman to fill a vacancy on the three-member Select Board.

During Saturday's special town election, David Ellis was the runaway winner, defeating John Fish and Keith Sharp. Ellis garnered 76 votes, Sharp 17 and Fish 16.

Ellis replaces veteran Selectman Richard Grillon for the two years remaining of an unexpired three-year term.

Grillon died this past summer, after serving four years on the board. He had been a selectman in the 1990s and early 2000s, but stepped away from public life in 2006, Select Board Chairman Kent Lew told The Eagle.

Meanwhile, voters put into office three people to serve on the Municipal Light Board. Pauline Combe-Clark was the only candidate for the full three-year term, gaining 96 votes. The two-year, unexpired seat went to Richard Spencer, who also collected 96 votes as the lone candidate.

The one year left on a three-year term had no one listed on the ballot, but John McElwain mustered 11 votes to win the seat.

The Municipal Light Board now will be the elected body overseeing the broadband manager and municipal fiber-optic broadband operation, according to town officials

In all, 112 of the town's 415 registered voters cast ballots, a 27 percent turnout, according to Town Clerk Allison Mikaniewicz.

Dick Lindsay can be reached at rlindsay@berkshireeagle.com.

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