School board member elected to Chesterfield Select Board

  • Donald A. Willard III, at right, won a two-year position on the Select Board by a vote of 160-140 against Edward J. Severance, left. Willard earned just over 53 percent of the vote. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Staff Writer
Published: 5/5/2020 3:55:41 PM

CHESTERFIELD — A Chesterfield/ Goshen School Committee member reelected to the panel in Monday’s town election is also the newest member of the Select Board.

Donald A. Willard III won a two-year position on the Select Board by a vote of 160-140 against Edward J. Severance, earning just over 53 percent of the vote.

Before the election, Willard, the former owner of Willard Concrete, said he would focus on communication and transparency as ways to increase efficiency and community support. 

Willard replaces Robert Recos, who is retiring this month, and will join incumbents Patricia Colson-Montgomery, who won a new three-year term without opposition, and Roger Fuller.

The only contest on the ballot drew 303 of the town’s 920 registered voters, for a 33% turnout, according to figures provided by Town Clerk Sandra L. Wickland.

Wickland, who won a new three-year term as town clerk, said the only question after the election is whether Angela Thomson will accept a two-year position on the Chesterfield/ Goshen School Committee. With no one on the ballot and four write-in votes, Thomson would replace Gail Lucey, who didn’t seek reelection.

The only other newcomer elected was Jennifer B. Peotter, who won a three-year position as library trustee. She will replace Betsy Todd, who opted against running for reelection.

Others who won positions include Mary Anne Severance-Rys for a three-year term on the Board of Assessors, Margaret McWherter for three years as treasurer, Lenore Pittsinger for three years as tax collector, Henry L. Badner for a three-year term on the Board of Health, Robert Judd Jr. for three years as constable, John Lynch for three years as tree warden, and Maureen Borg, Daniel Henshaw and Judith Terry, all for three-year terms on the Planning Board.

A two-year position on the Hampshire Regional School Committee remains vacant.

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