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Sunderland returns David Pierce to Select Board

He defeated Peter Murphy, a political newcomer who campaigned to bring change and fiscal conservativeness to the town.

Of 545 local ballots cast, 321 voters supported Pierce and 192 backed Murphy. The voter turnout was 23 percent out of 2,310 registered voters.

“Now we can get back to work,” said Pierce, expressing relief, after the polls closed.

Pierce said he plans to hit the ground running in his second term, beginning with solar contract negotiations.

In the next three years, Pierce said he plans to have overcome the first term learning curve and accomplish a new master plan and an upgrade of the town’s technology. With fellow Select Board members and neighboring towns, he plans to tackle a new regional paramedic ambulance service upgrade and a new formulation of the Frontier Regional School District budget and agreement.

All the other incumbents in town had uncontested races. Those re-elected include Town Clerk Wendy Houle, Town Assessor Jim Kowaleck, Town Park Trustee Ken Kushi, Board of Health member Caitlyn Rock, and Library Trustees Beth Berry and Lisa Tripp.

Moderator Bob Duby, Planning Board members Sara Snyder and Dan Murphy and Elementary School Committee member Douglas Fulton were also nominated. Mike Wissemann was nominated for Cemetery Trustee. Traci Sackrey was nominated to represent the elementary school committee to the town park. Judy Pierce and Lyn Roberts were nominated to run for Frontier Regional School Committee.

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