Webster and Dudley voters came out to the polls on Monday, May 7, and defeated the Prop 2-1/2 exemption for the bond issue to renovate the Bay Path Regional Vocational High School. Vote counts for Webster were 643 no and 557 yes. Dudley voters also defeated the measure by a vote of 353 no and 249 yes. All 10 of the district’s towns had to approve the funds to move the renovation process forward otherwise the towns will be responsible for alternate costs.
Additional results in Dudley included 620 total voter ballots cast according to Ora Finn, Town Clerk. The Question 1 Override for Prop 2-1/2 regarding the $6,000 property tax assessment for 2013 energy/utility costs was also defeated with 444 votes against and 156 for. Selectmen race vote tallies were John Marsi 431 votes and Steven Sullivan 413. Both will serve on the reorganized Board. Dudley’s new Sewer Commissioner is Brian Germain who was a sticker/write-in candidate garnering 87 votes. Additionally, Planning Board votes cast were 126 for Thomas Holt and 20 for Chris Reich. Sean Guerin was voted in as new Constable.
Webster’s Selectman’s race was tightly run with Robert Miller, former Selectman, leading with 548 votes and current Selectman Walter Ricci a very close second getting 541 of the votes. Brian Chenevert received 159 votes and Paul O’Donnell 61. School Committee Members Michael Makara and Craig McNulty ran unopposed acquiring 849 and 779 votes, respectively, for their three-year terms. Thomas Mroczek, also unopposed for Regional Vocational School Committee earned 917 votes. Others unopposed included Joseph Smith III for Redevelopment Authority with 852 votes. Mr. Smith also defeated Joseph Beresik for Assessor with 702 votes as opposed to Mr. Beresik’s tally of 517. David Zalewski ran for a three-year term, unopposed, for the Board of Health gathering 871 votes and Nancie Zecco was elected unopposed for a two-year Board of Health position with 812 votes. For Public Library Trustees, James Chauvin was voted in with 846 votes and Catherine Martin with 715. Town Clerk Robert Craver collected 1,035 votes for his position. Other items left to be counted, due to write-ins as no nomination papers had been filed, were 2 three-year term positions on the Finance Committee, 1 three-year term as a Public Library Trustee, and 1 two-year term as Public Library Trustee. Town Clerk Robert Craver advises that the write-in candidates would be contacted to determine their acceptance of the positions their names were written in for.