Hatfield re-elects incumbents Marcus Boyle, Stanley Pitchko
HATFIELD — Some 598 voters turned out Tuesday, re-electing both incumbents in the races for the Select Board and Board of Assessors.
Christopher G. Smith had challenged incumbent Marcus J. Boyle for a seat on the Select Board, but Boyle defeated his opponent 475-103.
Smith had also tried to unseat Assessor Stanley Pitchko, but lost that race 427-150.
“I thank the town of Hatfield and all of the voters who came out today,” Pitchko said. “I appreciate their trust and confidence in me, and I look forward to serving the town for the next three years.”
Resident Dan Edwards of Bridge Street waited at Town Hall to get the results as soon as they came out.
“I think the outcome is fantastic,” Edwards said. “Over the last year I have come to know Mr. Pitchko, and I think he is a very honorable, hardworking man who has a lot of integrity.”
Edwards went on to described Boyle as a “good man who is very down to earth.”
Boyle said that he was “happy for the endorsement from the town, and now its time to get back to work.”
Smith said that he had no comment about the outcome of the election.
Retired Town Clerk Louise Slysz will be replaced by Lydia Szych.
“I announced my candidacy for town clerk back in November as I thought it was a job that would I like and that I could do well,” Szych said. “I have lived in Hatfield my entire life and I am very excited about starting work tomorrow.”
Slysz also retired from the position of town treasurer and will be replaced by C. Gregory Winters.
“I have worked for 30 years as a municipal auditor and I am a (certified public accountant),” Winters said.
“Having lived here all my life, I thought it would be nice to give back to the town,” he said.
There were no other races in the election and all other incumbents were re-elected.