Gagarin, Arquin win school board seats in Sunderland



  • The Sunderland town offices on School Street. Recorder Staff/Andy Castillo RECORDER STAFF/ANDY CASTILLO

Staff Writer
Published: 5/2/2021 8:06:05 PM

SUNDERLAND — Following Saturday’s annual town election, Sunderland School Committee member Peter Gagarin will retain his seat on the committee for another three-year term, while the committee also welcomes newcomer Meghan Arquin.

Christyl Drake-Tremblay was elected to the Selectboard, filling the seat left by member Scott Bergeron, whose term ends this year.

The annual election, which saw 198 voters out of a possible 2,459, was held at the Sunderland Public Library from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.

In the only contested race on the ballot, Peter Gagarin and Meghan Arquin were elected to the School Committee, with 153 and 95 votes, respectively. Alison Booth Maio and Kara Gorey were the two other candidates running for the two open seats.

Gagarin has served on the committee for 3½ years and been involved in town government for the last 30 years, including seven years on the Finance Committee.

“From my time on the Finance Committee, I learned to always consider what’s best for the whole town, not what’s best for a particular group,” he said during a virtual candidates forum hosted by the library last month.

Arquin, owner and operator of Riverland Farm on River Road, previously said she ran for a seat on the board after a year of watching how decisions are made and how those decisions impact her children’s experience at school.

“I believe that the results of my decisions as a part of the School Committee will be based in the interest of the students, the faculty and our broader community,” Arquin said during the virtual candidates forum.

All uncontested candidates on the ballot won their respective elections.

■Moderator, one-year term — Michael Wissemann (incumbent)

■Board of Assessors, three-year term — Michael Skibiski (incumbent)

■ Board of Health, three-year term — Kenneth Kushi (incumbent)

■ Riverside Cemetery trustee, three-year term — Scott Bergeron (incumbent)

■ Planning Board, five-year term — Gabrielle Kurth (incumbent)

■ Planning Board, two-year term — Amanda Hanley

■ Sunderland Public Library trustees, three-year terms (three seats) — Hollis Graves (incumbent), Emily Caitlin Petit and Lorin Starr (incumbent)

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