Newcomer ousts incumbent for Granby Select Board


Published: 5/17/2022 9:50:04 PM
Modified: 5/17/2022 9:48:18 PM

GRANBY — Crystal L. Dufresne, a newcomer to town politics, won a three-year seat on the Select Board at Monday’s town election, defeating incumbent Jennifer A. Silva.

Dufresne won the position on the board by a 447-164 count, according to results provided by Town Clerk Katherine A. Kelly-Regan.

Dufrense had three top priorities in her campaign, including hiring a grant writer, updating infrastructure to attract businesses, and centralizing town offices and the Council on Aging.

“I am looking forward to working with all the town committees and departments,” Dufresne wrote on her Facebook campaign site following the election results. “I vow to always put the taxpayers first and to continue to build positive relationships.”

In the other contested elections, William A. Shaheen defeated Seamus M. Connolly, 468-126, for a three-year seat on the Board of Health, and incumbent Ronald L. Harrop got past Stuart Bailly, 400-141, for a three-year seat as commissioner of burial grounds.

William D. Porter, II won reelection to a three-year seat on the Board of Assessors, Kelly-Regan earned another three-year term as town clerk, Gloria J. Vivieer was reelected to the Granby Housing Authority, and Helen Z. Hurteau, Michele C. Pietras and Candace A. Ribeiro won new terms as library trustees, while newcomer Melissa St. Germain Martel was elected to the Planning Board for five years.

The 621 voters represented a 13% turnout of Granby’s 4,859 voters.

— Scott Merzbach


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