Becket, Hinsdale voters shape their respective Select Boards in local elections

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A photo-finish and a runaway, respectively, concluded the Becket and Hinsdale Select Board races during Saturday's annual town elections.

By a count of 103-100, Chris Swindlehurst edged Maria Wallington in a three-way contest for a three-year term on the Becket Select Board. Laurel Burgwardt was a distant third with 41 votes. It's unknown if Wallington will ask for a recount. Swindlehurst succeeds Nicole Ledeaux who resigned earlier this year before her term was up.

Two other candidates were victorious as write-ins as neither office had candidates listed on the ballot. Howard Lerner garnered 18 votes to the total of 15 for several other write-in candidates to grab a seat on the Planning Board. Gale LaBelle's 36 votes was plenty to win a three-year term on the Board of Health; all other write-ins totaled three votes.

Ronald DeFoe and Daniel Parnell took the two available Finance Committee seats and William Cavanaugh won a spot on the Cemetery Commission as all three ran unopposed.

Town Clerk George Roberts reports 245 of 1,505 registered voters cast ballot, a 16 percent turnout.

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In Hinsdale, Raymond Bolduc returns to the Select Board after a 15-year absence by defeating James Sullivan, 261-106. Bolduc was first elected to the board in 2001 for a single, three-year term.

The Finance Committee has two new members, Bonnie Conner and Nancy Smith, joining incumbent and top vote-getter Richard Scialabba as the trio ran unopposed for the three available seats on the committee.

Assessor Peter Persoff and Tree Warden Barry O'Keefe had no challengers in their reelection bids.

Hinsdale's voter turnout was 27 percent, according to local elections officials.

Dick Lindsay can be reached at, and 413-496-6233.


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