Hilltown election news


Staff Writer
Published: 5/2/2021 8:02:33 PM

Three Hilltown communities held their annual town elections on Saturday.

In Goshen, 62 of the town’s 803 registered voters showed up to the polls, a 7.7% turnout.

The only contested race was for Chesterfield-Goshen School Committee, where incumbent Barton Gage beat challenger Carla Raymond by a vote of 33 to 21.

Voters wrote in candidates for open positions on the ballot. Corey Carvalho was elected to the Planning Board for a five-year term as a write-in candidate, while Sabrina McGill was elected as a write-in candidate for library trustee, and Mary Packard was elected to a two-year term on the Finance Committee as a write in. A four-year term on the Planning Board, meanwhile, has a three-way tie of write-in candidates: David Packard, Mark Kincade and Keith Wright. Each got two votes.

In Worthington, 209 of the town’s 989 registered voters voted in Saturday’s election, a 21.1% turnout.

The only contested race was for two seats on the Worthington School Committee. Incumbent Pam Thompson was re-elected with 146 votes, while Deborah Clapp was elected with 115 votes. Peter Ricci fell short with 84 votes. There were also 73 blank votes.

Plainfield had contests for Select Board and tree warden.

Hilary Weeks was re-elected to the Select Board with 87 votes. Her challenger Ben Gillett received 30.

In the race for tree warden, Robert Mellstrom retained the position with 88 votes. Claude DuPont had 33 votes.

Chesterfield will hold its town elections Monday from noon to 7 p.m. at the Community Center. There are no contested races.

No candidates are on the ballot for a two-year term on the Planning Board, as well as a three-year and a one-year term on the Hampshire Regional School Committee.

A constable’s position, town moderator, a seat on the Board of Assessors, a seat on the Select Board, two Planning Board seats, a seat on the Board of Health, a seat on the Chesterfield-Goshen School Committee and a Library Trustee’s position will also be up for election.

Bera Dunau can be reached at bdunau@gazettenet.com.

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