Newcomer Roger Kavanagh defeats Peter Skorput in W. Stockbridge Select Board race

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WEST STOCKBRIDGE Former Selectman Peter Skorput failed in his bid to return to the Select Board on Monday, four months after being temporarily removed as the town's fire chief.

Political newcomer Roger Kavanagh defeated Skorput 266-128 in the annual town election to serve the remaining year of former board member Doane Perry's three-year term. Perry had resigned earlier this year after serving for just two years.

The board will also have a second new member in Kathleen Keresey, who was elected to serve the three-year term vacated when board Chairman Bernie Fallon decided to not run for reelection. Keresey ran for that seat unopposed.

In the only other contested race, challenger David Finck defeated incumbent Michael Skorput 265-126 for a three-year term on the Board of Health.

Voters also approved a measure that allows West Stockbridge to adopt the state's Community Preservation Act by 263 votes to 70 votes. A total of 408 registered voters participated in the town election, according to town Administrator Marie Ryan.

Eight incumbents who ran unopposed were reelected: Eugene Dellea to a one-year term as moderator; Michelle Laramee-Jenny to a three-year term on the Board of Assessors; Andrew Krauss and Robert Salerno each to two-year terms on the Finance Committee; Dana Bixby to a five-year term on the Planning Board; and Karl Cooper, Wayne Cooper, Paul Faggioni and Michael Skorput each to one-year terms as constables.

Also elected were newcomers Ryan Beattie to a five-year term on the Planning Board; Andrew Potter to a three-year term as library trustee; Beth Sack to a one-year term as library trustee; Mary Korte Kinmond to a three-year term on the Cemetery Commission; Andrew Fudge to a one-year term as tree warden; and Elizabeth DiGrigoli to a one-year term as constable.

Peter Skorput was removed as the town's fire chief by the Select Board in March amid concerns about his response to a house fire. He was placed on administrative leave, meaning that he currently serves in that position on a temporary basis, Ryan said.

Tony Dobrowolski can be reached at tdobrowolski@berkshireeagle.com or 413-281-2755.

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